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Yankee Stadium Dirt Fraud Charges

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A grounds worker fixes the field between plays during a game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Army Black Knights at the new Yankee Stadium on November 12, 2011. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

A grounds worker fixes the field between plays during a game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Army Black Knights at the new Yankee Stadium on November 12, 2011. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Westport man has been charged with defrauding a Fairfield resident of $35,000 by selling what he said was dirt from the original Yankee Stadium.

Mark Hayward is accused of asking the alleged victim to invest in marketing gift items such as a key chain containing dirt from the Bronx, N.Y., ballpark.

The Hour of Norwalk and Connecticut Post report that police say the unidentified man agreed to invest $35,000 for a 20 percent share.

Police say the 52-year-old Hayward said he had more than $1 million he would use to pay the Fairfield resident.

Hayward has been charged with larceny and forgery. He is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on Jan. 23.

A phone number could not be found for Hayward and it’s not known if he is represented by a lawyer.

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