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Owner of Quincy based basketball program arrested on theft charge

Joel Box
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019 10:40 pm Updated: Aug. 14, 2019 11:37 pm

QUINCY -- A former Quincy University standout and owner of a youth basketball training and select traveling team program who allegedly accepted payments for services but failed to honor agreements or issue refunds has been arrested on a charge of theft over $10,000.

Joel A. Box, 35, of Rockford, was arrested Wednesday and transported to Quincy where he is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The Adams County Sheriff's Department said it and the Quincy Police Department were assisted by the Rockford Police Department in the arrest.

Several clients of Box's business Joel Box Evolution Basketball claim that he failed to hold workouts or start team activities despite parents paying hundreds of dollars.

One parent told The Herald-Whig that she lost $1,850 that she paid for workouts and a travel team for her daughter at the end of 2018, but that there were no workouts or practices.

The woman filed a report with the Sheriff's Department and filed suit against Box in small claims court, but the small claims matter was dismissed after he filed for bankruptcy in May.

Filings showed that he had more than $75,000 on nonpriority unsecured claims to "Evolution Basketball Parents and Participants" and "Evolution Parents."

In June, the Better Business Bureau said it is advising consumers to use caution when dealing with Joel Box Evolution.

In an email to a BBB investigator he said that he has a no-refunds policy.

"I have ran my program for over 4 years without any problems," Box wrote. "I have communicated with parents. Those parents (who filed complaints) are upset when it was difficult to get a hold of me as I was out of the country but they don't understand that."

The BBB encouraged families participating in youth sports programs to research businesses and business owners before paying any money and to seek references. Parents also should inquire on what the money is paying for and an itemized list of the fees.

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