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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Call Mir Savior A Con Man

The Russian Space Agency has expressed skepticism about a U.S.-based businessman's plans to pay millions of dollars for a ride on Mir, and an American policeman called him a con artist.

The RKK Energiya corporation, which runs Mir, claimed Tuesday that Peter Llewellyn, a British citizen, had agreed to invest at least $100 million to finance Mir's operations. In return, he gets to fly in space for a week.

But the Russian Space Agency said Energiya was getting ahead of itself, and the deal was far from finalized.

Two years ago, Llewellyn faced five counts of theft for allegedly swindling $38,000 from a business partner in Pittsburgh. However, he paid the money back and the case was dropped. Pittsburgh police described him as a well-dressed, smooth-talking con artist.

Pittsburgh policeman James Conn, who arrested Llewellyn in 1997, said: "He's just a con man at a higher level."