Ex-Suns employee pleads guilty to fraud

Former director of group sales accused of stealing from Jacksonville Suns


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A former Jacksonville Suns sales director accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the baseball team has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

According to a recently released report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old

January Putt, 36, was arrested in April and charged with grand theft. She pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fraud, admitting she stole at least $50,000 from the team.

Putt's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Putt confessed to depositing several checks made out to the Suns organization into her own account.

The police report said that Putt worked as the director of group sales for six seasons, during which she had sponsors make checks out to the organization and herself.

News4Jax interviewed Putt at the end of May 2014.

"There are a lot of starving lawyers, and I just liked, I liked law school and the legal field a little bit, but I really love baseball and doing this," she said then. 

Police said that just days before that interview was when Putt committed the fraud.

According to the report, in May 2014, Putt received a partial sponsorship check from Pavilion Plaza Pharmacy for nearly $2,400.

Police said Putt got the business to make the check out to the Suns and herself, then used something to remove the Jacksonville Suns name from the check and deposited it into her personal account.

The report also said that Putt confessed to committing the same act at least three other times and possibly more.

Now the woman who received a law degree from Mississippi College and passed the bar exam in four states finds herself facing jail time.