The developers of the Dillon Stadium in Hartford, Connecticut were found guilty of 12 charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering while skimming off $1 million from a $12 million sports stadium redevelopment project.
James Duckett Jr., and Mitchell Anderson were responsible for securing a professional soccer team and developing a new 9,000-seat facility at the Dillon Stadium location. Instead, they never paid their subcontractors on the project, issued fake invoices, and diverted more than $1 million for personal expenses.
The stadium was funded by the city as part of an effort to bring a professional soccer team to the area. The Hartford City FC team was dropped from the major Arena Soccer League due to reports of a federal investigation.
At one point during the trail, Duckett portrayed himself as a former member of the Redskins football team for five seasons. That claim was disproved during cross-examination.
Anderson pleaded guilty to two fraud-related counts and agreed to make $1.1 million in restitution to the city and the affected subcontractors. He and Duckett will be sentenced later.
For more details on the Duckett - Anderson scheme, read the Hartford Courant account here.