Sports agents sue fake Blue Jay

June 20, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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MILWAUKEE, June 20 (UPI) -- Two sports agents have sued a Milwaukee man, alleging he deceived them into believing he was a professional baseball player.

The two agents said 28-year-old Montaous Walton illegally solicited about $6,000 worth of property from them, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.

In the complaint, Travis Bell, the California-based chief executive officer of the Seven Bridges Group, said Walton initially contacted him in August saying he was a roster invitee to the Toronto Blue Jays' 2012 spring training. The company signed on to represent Walton in September and supplied the man with $4,539 worth of goods and services before he gave them his Blue Jays contract, which Bell determined to be fabricated.

Walton then allegedly contacted Colin Cummins, a former Seven Bridges employee who founded his own sports management agency, Red Eye Sports in Ontario, Canada, the newspaper said.

In early 2012, Walton signed a contract with Cummins, who, one month later, was tipped off to Walton's alleged deceit by an e-mail from Bell.

Cummins said the Blue Jays contract Walton gave him was "sketchy."

"My 7-year-old daughter could have written it, to be honest," Cummins said.

Major League Baseball and Toronto Blue Jays officials said Walton had never been a member of their organizations. Walton's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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