Hartford Soccer Stadium Developer Guilty of Fraud

July 7, 2017

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.