If given another chance, Scott promises he won't steal.

"I will scrub floors and toilets, whatever it takes. By working in a law-abiding way, supporting my family and repaying the victims of my crime, I can try to right the wrongs I have committed," Scott says.

Back in East St. Louis, Mayor Parks is saddened by what has happened to the charismatic, bow-tied investor he thought could do great things in his city. He still gives Scott the benefit of the doubt.

East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks admits taking a chance on Scott but says it cost the city nothing.
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East St. Louis mayor Alvin Parks admits taking a chance on Scott but says it cost the city nothing.
Evening Whirl publisher Anthony Sanders sensed that his golfing partner wasn't who he said he was.
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Evening Whirl publisher Anthony Sanders sensed that his golfing partner wasn't who he said he was.

"It's unfortunate that another young man is going to prison," Parks says. "But at that point, I don't think he was trying to defraud us. I think that it was clear Mr. Scott wanted to be able to get his hands on some money. But I'm not gonna say he was trying to defraud."

The mayor chalks up Scott's failure in East St. Louis as too much ambition and too little experience. He remembers a time near the end of Scott's contract that a concerned citizen stood up at a meeting to scold the mayor and council members: "City of East St. Louis: You brought in a boy to do a man's job!"

"And she was dead, spot-on correct," Parks says.

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