Man accused in 'Yankees dirt' scam wanted in California for grand larceny
Updated 9:53 am, Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A Westport man, accused last year of bilking a Fairfielder out of $35,000 for a fraudulent scheme to market dirt from the old Yankee Stadium, was arrested here Friday on a warrant issued by police in California seeking his extradition to face a grand larceny charge.
Mark Hayward, 53, of Conte Place, was arrested by Westport police at his home after they received a letter from Healdsburg, Calif., police, stating they had an active extraditable warrant for Hayward. California authorities asked Westport police to pick up Hayward and so that he could be extradited to face the grand larceny charge, according to police.
Hayward was charged with being a fugitive from justice and held on a $250,000 bond. Another bond for him from California was set at $75,000.
In January 2012, Hayward was charged by Fairfield police with orchestrating a scam in which he asked a Fairfield man to invest in a business that would market corporate gift items -- a key chain encapsulating dirt from the former Yankee Stadium. The man invested $35,000 in the venture, police said, but never saw a return on the investment. When the investor demanded that his money be returned, Hayward was unable to do so, police said.