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Hollywood Producer Charged with TV Series Scam

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Sep 26, 2005 | 8:03am EDT

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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