In the six years since his plan to acquire a rival institution failed, the president of a Connecticut thrift has been at the center of a bizarre revenge scheme, according to lawsuits filed by former associates.

William R. Wilcox Jr. resigned last month as president and chief executive of Willimantic-based Savings Institute under a barrage of lawsuits alleging that he had tried to smear the reputation of William J. McGurk, president of Savings Bank of Rockville. The two thrifts had planned to merge in 1989.

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