ROCKFORD — A former high school basketball star who runs youth training camps across the Midwest and recently received an "F' rating from the Better Business Bureau is in jail on theft charges.
Joel Box, 35, is being held in Adams County Jail on $100,000 bond, according to websites for the Adams County Jail and Adams County Circuit Clerk's offices in Quincy.
The Rockford Police Department assisted the Adams County Sherriff’s Department on Wednesday in Rockford in arresting Box on outstanding warrants from Adams County, according to the city of Rockford.
Box, a Rockford native who now lives in Quincy, was a Christian Life High School basketball standout, helping to lead the team to regional titles in 2000 and 2002. He played for John Wood College, New Mexico and Quincy before playing professionally overseas and launching Joel Box Evolution Basketball, a youth basketball training camp and traveling team.
According to court documents, Box is scheduled to appear next in court on Aug. 20.
The Better Business Bureau issued Box's training camp an "F" rating earlier this year after several unanswered customer complaints. The bureau's Rockford office followed that up with a warning to area consumers to use caution when dealing with the company.
According to complaints filed against Joel Box Evolution Basketball, Box failed to hold camps, coach teams or issue refunds. Box recently filed for bankruptcy protection.
Last month, Box responded to the BBB rating and warning saying they were unfair and based on misunderstandings. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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