Joseph Medawar pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy after scamming millions out of friends and colleagues with a bogus TV project about America's Department of Homeland Security back in May 2006.
He was originally sentenced to a year in jail and community service - which was later reduced to probation.
However, Medawar used some of his community service hours to go to the gym and watch movies, according to The Los Angeles Times.
He was punished on Tuesday (18Jan11) for the probation violation, with U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real sentencing Medawar to 45 months behind bars.
A Hollywood producer has been charged with convincing investors to put $5.5
million into a non-existent TV series he said had the backing of
President George W. Bush.
Sleepwalkers filmmaker Joseph Medawar, 43, is accused of telling around 70
investors he was making a TV series called DHS--about the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security--with the approval of the president.
According to prosecutors, Medawar, who was arrested on Friday,
shared most of the money between himself and associate Alison Heruth-Waterbury,
who he was billed to star in DHS.
Medawar has been charged with mail fraud, relating to documents given to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and obstruction of justice.
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