The number one lesson the world learned from The Producers is that jokes about Nazis can be funny. Like, rolling in the aisles, your-stomach-hurts kind of funny. The number two lesson the world learned was that if you get people to over-invest in your terrible play that closes in one night, you could wind up rich, provided you actually put the play on (and that it is actually awful and not unintentionally hilarious). Sadly, one local theater agent never learned from The Producers, and has been indicted for allegedly stealing $165,000 from investors for a fake play that he never actually put on.

District Attorney Cy Vance announced the indictment of Roland Scahill yesterday, for allegedly bilking seven people out of a wad of cash for a Broadway play he never produced. Scahill told his investors that he had secured the rights to the life story of famed African American opera singer Kathleen Battle and was going to tell her story in a play he referred to as The KB Project.

He also told investors that Lupita Nyong'o had agreed to star in the show and that he was going to put the play on in the Booth Theater, which helped him get $15,000 each from seven people between October 2014 and January 2015. In January 2015, Scahill told his investors Netflix had agreed to show the play, and got two of the victims to give him even more money.

The shaky four-lie layer cake came crashing down around him in the fall of 2015, according to the indictment, when investors began asking Scahill to return their money after noticing there was no play. The checks he gave them bounced, because Scahill instead allegedly spent the money he raised on $129,000 in stocks, about $23,000 in credit card payments; $18,000 on his rent; and almost $10,000 on food and booze and entertainment.

And so in the end, Scahill was undone by that classic error: not actually putting on his inept play. Scahill's attorney told the New York Times that Scahill "has pled not guilty. He’s therefore entitled to the presumption of innocence, and he should receive that."