Prosecutors say a con man forged the signature of New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon as part of a scheme to cheat an investor out of more than $3 million.

Michael Conway, of Verona, New Jersey, was released on $1 million bond Wednesday after appearing in federal court in Brooklyn on wire fraud and identity theft charges.

A criminal complaint accuses the 39-year-old Conway of convincing a hedge fund manager to invest in an office equipment leasing business. It says Conway falsely claimed to have leasing agreement with 58 companies.

Authorities say Conway provided the investor a forged letter from Wilpon on Mets letterhead that purported to authorize a $1 million contract with the team.

A message left with Conway's attorney wasn't immediately returned.