BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut. – A developer convicted of defrauding taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a failed attempt to build a professional football stadium in Connecticut has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.
James Duckett Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. He was found guilty in July.
Duckett and another developer had been hired by Hartford to oversee the development of a $12 million, 9,000-seat stadium.
But the plaintiffs claim Duckett and his partner never paid the subcontractors and directed more than $1 million from the city to support a luxurious lifestyle for Duckett and costs related to the stadium project.
The Major Arena Soccer League left the team for a match ever played.
Duckett’s lawyer says that the payments to him were compensation for his work.