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GPD investigating alleged softball team scammer

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The Guam Police Department has been in contact with a woman who is the center of an investigation into allegations that she duped a group of kids on their way to compete in a national competition. It's caused uproar on social media: allegations that a woman pulled a fast one on a group of teenage girls.  

"We received a complaint from a league that they didn't have tickets that they gave money to purchase for their trip off-island, and so they filed a complaint with us," explained GPD spokesman Officer AJ Balajdia of the situation. "So Criminal Investigations started to investigate the allegations made against this woman."

Parents identified the woman as Francis Quinata, with her picture having  been shared scores of times by countless people over social media telling the story that on Saturday the Guam Girls Fast Pitch Softball Team showed up to the airport ready to begin their journey to represent Guam at the 2015 Senior League Softball World Series in Delaware. They learned they couldn't board the plane because Quinata, who was their alleged travel agent, didn't purchase their tickets.

According to GPD, officers have been in contact with Quinata, but no arrest has been made. Balajadia continued, "Our investigators will not be able to interview each and every parent and their involvement with this particular case until they get back, so we have that with that said we know where this person is. This person has been interviewed by our detectives. As far as her going anywhere, we do know where she is at and she does have legal representation."

And while GPD waits to interview the parents, it doesn't mean they're on a timeout. Since the initial complaint Balajadia confirms others have stepped up to the plate with new allegations. "The additional nine cases are also similar in nature where some tickets were promised and it didn't go through. Because of the media putting it out there, these people have come forward to file complaints with the department. We ask if you are a victim, to please come forward as well," he said.

KUAM News has confirmed that Quinata is being represented by Attorney Howard Trapp.   

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