Man arrested who promised Ravens to schools

The man accused of taking money from Maryland schools in order to produce Ravens players for assemblies – and then not following through but keeping the funds – was arrested Tuesday in Aberdeen, police said.

Joseph Gill, of Annapolis, was taken into custody by the Aberdeen Police Department on a warrant from Queen Anne's County, said Dale Patrick, a spokesman for Queen Anne's County's office of the sheriff. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

Gill was placed on Queen Anne's most wanted list and charged with three counts of theft after taking $400 from each of two schools in the county. Through his company, Odyssey Group LLC, Gill charged schools to schedule Ravens players to deliver anti-bullying presentations. No Ravens ever appeared for the events and the schools' money was not refunded, police said.

The Ravens have said they are not affiliated with Gill's company.

Schools in Anne Arundel, Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties also paid Gill for Ravens to speak at school functions.

In mid-October, Queen Anne's charged Gill with two counts of theft under $1,000 and one count of theft scheme valued between $1,000 and $10,000.

Baltimore Sun reporter Joe Burris contributed to this article.

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