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Trial getting underway for CT developer charged with fraud

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HARTFORD -

A federal trial is getting underway for a Connecticut developer charged in a scam to pocket taxpayer dollars meant to redevelop a Hartford football stadium for professional soccer.

Jury selection was set to begin Friday in the trial of James Duckett Jr. Testimony will be heard starting June 26 in Bridgeport.

Duckett has denied charges of wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses. Prosecutors allege he and another developer of Dillon Stadium never paid subcontractors and used city money for personal and other purposes.

Hartford cancelled their contract and sued. The Major Arena Soccer League dropped the team before a game was played.

Duckett was recently arrested on a violating probation charge. His attorney says they're trying to "correct that situation."

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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