Monday, March 03, 2008

Did anyone hear of his fellow? Or, the "Chess for Children" program?

There is a long story about him at the link below, and he apparently ran a chess scam in Newton also.


Christopher Hackford

Chess program coordinator arrested in Boston: ran events in Melrose Public Schools

By Daniel DeMaina and Carol Brooks Ball/

Thu Feb 28, 2008, 12:16 PM EST

Melrose - A man who has been running an extracurricular chess program for Melrose elementary school students was arrested in Boston Saturday on a warrant for receiving stolen property — and is being investigated by local police over concerns with his chess program here.

Christopher Hackford, 20, 263 Huntington Ave., Boston, was arrested by Boston Police on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Boston on a warrant issued by Weymouth Police. No details were provided on the type of stolen property involved.

Melrose Police Det. Sgt. Barry Campbell said Hackford was also arrested in Woburn last fall — the charges were not available — at which time he told police he was a student at Boston University. Campbell, however, called the school and said the school had no record of him being a student there.

Hackford has been running the "Chess for Children" extracurricular program in Melrose for students in kindergarten through Grade 5 — at a cost of $63.50 per student for a six-week program — at the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. ... [much more at the link above]

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