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October 25, 2005 | Christine Hanley and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Convinced that his life story was going to be made into a movie, a San Pedro man paralyzed in a surfing accident nearly 30 years ago said he was duped out of $50,000 by a Hollywood producer who is now accused of swindling millions from scores of people who invested in his phantom series about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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October 21, 2005 | Christine Hanley and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
A Hollywood producer was indicted Thursday on charges that he swindled millions of dollars from dozens of people he had conned into investing in a phantom television series based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Joseph M. Medawar has been held without bail since his arrest in September. The indictment returned by a federal grand jury closely parallels an earlier criminal complaint but adds charges.
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September 27, 2005 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Only days after his arrest for allegedly bilking investors out of $5.5 million, federal authorities revealed Monday that they have a separate criminal investigation into another stock transaction involving Hollywood producer Joseph M. Medawar. Federal prosecutors made the disclosure in an effort to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich that Medawar posed too big a flight risk to be released on bond. After a 40-minute hearing, Wistrich ordered Medawar held without bail.
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September 24, 2005 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
In May 2003, a dapper self-described financial strategist from Century City embarked on what he promised investors would be a riveting television series based on the newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Saying his drama had the blessing of President Bush and others in Washington, D.C., Joseph M. Medawar quickly found plenty of backers for the show -- one that he promised would be followed by a reality-based series titled "Fighting Terrorism Together."
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