NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a New York businessman with defrauding the producers of the Broadway musical adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller "Rebecca."
The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said Monday Mark Hotton falsely said he had $4.5 million in financing commitments and the possibility of a $1.1 million loan.
The production was postponed indefinitely earlier this month amid a growing suspicion that its primary investors didn't actually exist.
Hotton was arrested at his Long Island home early Monday. He's awaiting a court appearance in Central Islip.
His attorney didn't return a call for comment.
The musical is influenced by the classic Hitchcock film about a wealthy Englishman, his new wife and a manipulative housekeeper — all haunted by the hero's dead first wife, Rebecca.