NY man accused of defrauding Broadway show, others

October 16, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE– In this photo from Tuesday, April 13, 2004, Broadway producer Ben Sprecher speaks during a press conference in New York. Sprecher latest production, the psychological thriller “Rebecca” collapsed this week and launched a FBI fraud investigation into the circumstances. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Mark Hotton appeared on the high-stakes Broadway theater scene out of nowhere this year, offering to come to the financial rescue of a fledgling Broadway adaptation of the psychological thriller “Rebecca.”

Although the musical’s producers had never heard of Hotton, he successfully sold himself as a globe-trotting moneyman with connections to a wealthy Australian named Paul Abrams. That was before Hotton raised suspicions by claiming that Abrams had suddenly dropped dead.

Federal prosecutors charged Hotton on Monday with concocting a tale of phantom investors and an untimely death as imaginative as the classic Alfred Hitchcock film about a man haunted by the memory of his dead first wife.

Hotton, 46, also was charged in two Login to read more

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