Man sought in connection with Ravens scam is caught in Aberdeen

Aberdeen city police caught a fugitive Tuesday evening who they say is wanted in connection with several alleged bogus programs that promised to bring Baltimore Ravens players to schools around the region but never delivered.

Attempts to stage similar programs in Harford County schools were rebuffed, a spokesperson for the local school system said Thursday.

Joseph Myron Gill, 62, had several outstanding arrest warrants from theft and fraud investigations in other jurisdictions, according to an Aberdeen Police Department news release. Acting on information, officers checked several local motels and found that Gill was registered at the Aberdeen Inn Town Motel on South Philadelphia Boulevard.

As he returned to his room around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Gill was arrested without incident, according to the news release, which also stated he was wanted by the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland Division of Correction, as well as counties in Virginia.

The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, according to later news release, learned that Gill was in the Aberdeen area through an anonymous tip.

Gill was on the Queen Anne's County Most Wanted list, according to The Baltimore Sun, for allegedly charging schools money to bring in Baltimore Ravens players for anti-bullying presentations that were never held and then allegedly keeping the money collected for the appearances.

Gill operated under the name Odyssey Group LLC, according to The Baltimore Sun, and allegedly took funds from schools in Queen Anne's, Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore counties. The Baltimore Ravens have also said they are not affiliated with the company.

Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Teri Kranefeld wrote in an e-mail Thursday afternoon that the Odyssey Group had contacted several Harford schools about arranging similar presentations. Those schools directed him to Kranefeld's office, she wrote, and the school system in turn denied the company access.

The arrest warrant for Queen Anne's County had Gill charged with theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000 and two counts of theft less than $1,000.

As of Thursday afternoon, Gill was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air on $10,000 bail, following a District Court hearing Wednesday afternoon.

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