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Broadway producers file $122m suit in Rebecca scam case

Published on Oct 20, 2012 6:37 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A Broadway production team on Friday filed a US$100 million (S$122 million) fraud lawsuit against a stockbroker accused of jeopardising the musical production of Rebecca by concocting an elaborate ruse that included fictional characters and a mysterious death.

The suit against Mark Hotton, 46, comes days after authorities charged him with two counts of wire fraud for allegedly having fabricated investors - one of whom he claimed suddenly died from malaria - to dupe the producers of Rebecca: The Musical.

A gothic thriller based on a 1938 Daphne du Maurier novel, Rebecca had been set to make its Broadway debut this fall in a US$12 million production pulled together by Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza.

When the play ran into financing trouble, Sprecher and Forlenza were put in contact with Hotton, whom the suit alleges came up with four "investors" willing to pledge US$4.5 million.

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