JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) – Police have accused a Jamestown man of scamming a woman out of more than $6,000 by pretending he was a Boston Red Sox talent agent with access to baseball tickets.

Charles Pruenca was freed after a court hearing Wednesday. He is charged with three counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.

State Police Lt. Col. Steven O’Donnell said the scam started in July when the 38-year-old man offered to get a woman tickets for regular season and playoff games. She paid nearly $6,400.

When the tickets never arrived, Pruenca told the woman he was being treated for cancer. Police said Pruenca does not work for the team and has not sought cancer treatment.

It was unclear if Pruenca had an attorney.

No one answered the phone at an address listed under Pruenca’s name.


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