PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) - The Cumberland man who defrauded 10 families of $31,500 with promises their teenage sons would play for an elite baseball team associated with the Baltimore Orioles has been sentenced.
53 year old Jack Ranallo, aka Jack Norris was sentenced to 15 years in prison with two and a half to serve with the remainder suspended with probation.
Ranallo was also ordered to pay restitution to all his victims.
Ranallo was out on $30,000 surety bail until his sentencing on January 9, 2012.
He was immediately transferred to the ACI in Cranston upon sentencing.
"Jack Ranallo preyed on every little leaguer's dream of one day playing for the Majors," said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.
Ranallo plead no contest on December 6, 2011 to obtaining money under false pretenses, bad checks and filing false documents.
Ranallo also defrauded two of his 10 victims out of an additional $50,000 by pleading with them to assist him in setting up a baseball academy for underprivileged children.
The Rhode Island State Police Financial Crimes Unit led the investigation, which revealed Ranallo was also arrested in Maryland in 1999 in a similar case, which he posed as a former Major League Baseball player with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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