A Connecticut man has been charged with first degree larceny and third degree forgery after police say he created a scheme to use dirt from old Yankee Stadium to create memorabilia and sell it online but never followed through after taking another man’s investment in the plan.
Mark Hayward, 52, of Westport, convinced a Southport resident to invest $35,000 in the project in 2008. Police say Hayward told the victim that the business would market corporate gift items including a key chain with encapsulated dirt from the stadium.
When the idea never came to fruition, the Southport man asked for proof that Hayward had the money and was shown letters supposedly from Barclay’s Bank. Still, nothing materialized and after Hayward wouldn’t provide a refund, the victim contacted police last May.
Police say the signatures on the letters from the bank were forged and according to the Westport News, Hayward’s bank account was as dry as the dirt he said he’d been planning to sell.