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Briton convicted of fraud in stadium dirt case

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WESTPORT, CT (AP) -

A British citizen living in Westport has been convicted in a fraud case that involved plans to sell dirt from the old Yankee Stadium in New York.

The Connecticut Post reports Mark Hayward was found guilty Thursday of larceny.

Prosecutors say Hayward defrauded musician and author Bob Runk, a founding member of the 1960s rock band Uranus and the Five Moons, of more than $80,000. They say he convinced Runk to invest in a plan to package soil from the stadium into key chains.

They presented evidence showing Hayward lied about having more money in a British bank to fund the project.

Hayward said he had not defrauded anybody, and made a real product.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 10.

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