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Crime & Punishment: Commissioner of Torrington's Board of Public Safety Accused of Making Threats Against His Office
A British man was convicted of defrauding an aging musician/author in a scheme to sell key chains supposedly containing dirt from Yankee Stadium. Mark Hayward, president of the Mark I Group, a Westport marketing company, approached Bob Runk of Fairfield with the business idea. Prosecutors say that Hayward presented a letter supposedly from a U.K. bank — which turned out to be forged — showing he was worth 1.2 million pounds. This convinced Runk that Hayward was financially stable and he invested $80,000 in the plan. Runk was the keyboardist of a '60s-era Connecticut band called Uranus and the Five Moons (seriously) and went on to a career authoring books on golf (while self-releasing his own breezy, soft-rock albums). The dapper Hayward, who appeared in court in tailored suits, claimed the dirt-filled keychains were "a real product, a quality product," and he "didn't intend to defraud anyone." Jurors disagreed, and Hayward, 53, faces possible jail time and deportation, reports the Connecticut Post.
By Nick Keppler
May 21, 2013