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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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January 19, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A former Hollywood producer whose lenient sentence on a 2006 fraud conviction outraged his victims and led to reversal by a federal appeals court drew a fresh four-year sentence Tuesday for padding his community service hours to go to movies and the gym. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real ordered Joseph Medawar to prison for 45 months for violating the probation to which he was sentenced after "scamming" friends and business colleagues out of...
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January 19, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A former Hollywood producer whose lenient sentence on a 2006 fraud conviction outraged his victims and led to reversal by a federal appeals court drew a fresh four-year sentence Tuesday for padding his community service hours to go to movies and the gym. U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real ordered Joseph Medawar to prison for 45 months for violating the probation to which he was sentenced after "scamming" friends and business colleagues out of...
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May 17, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will return $23,000 he received for a screenplay option from a Hollywood producer who pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding dozens of people into investing in a bogus television series about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The decision by the Huntington Beach Republican was announced by his press secretary shortly before producer Joseph Medawar acknowledged in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he had bilked about 50 investors of roughly $3.
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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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May 17, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will return $23,000 he received for a screenplay option from a Hollywood producer who pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding dozens of people into investing in a bogus television series about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The decision by the Huntington Beach Republican was announced by his press secretary shortly before producer Joseph Medawar acknowledged in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that he had bilked about 50 investors of roughly $3.
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May 16, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
A Hollywood producer has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and income tax evasion in connection with a bogus television production about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that he used to swindle millions of dollars from dozens of investors, according to federal court documents filed Monday. Under the plea agreement, Joseph Medawar faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to $9 million in government fines and $3.
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October 13, 2005 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Joseph Medawar was a smooth-talking Hollywood producer with a timely pitch to turn the Department of Homeland Security into a television series. And he seemed to have the juice to make it happen. His lead actress brainstormed with two influential California congressmen, Christopher Cox and Dana Rohrabacher, as well as House Homeland Security Committee staffers, on how to make the show more realistic.
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August 17, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
An actress could face a federal court hearing for proclaiming her innocence after pleading guilty to lying about an elaborate con involving a bogus television series based on the Department of Homeland Security. Alison Ann Heruth, 41, was sentenced Monday to five years' probation and ordered to pay $3.4 million in restitution after pleading guilty to lying to federal agents about the scam. But after receiving that sentence, Heruth told The Times that she was innocent of the charges.
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May 16, 2006 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
A Hollywood producer has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and income tax evasion in connection with a bogus television production about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that he used to swindle millions of dollars from dozens of investors, according to federal court documents filed Monday. Under the plea agreement, Joseph Medawar faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to $9 million in government fines and $3.
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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 13, 2005 | Greg Krikorian and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Joseph Medawar was a smooth-talking Hollywood producer with a timely pitch to turn the Department of Homeland Security into a television series. And he seemed to have the juice to make it happen. His lead actress brainstormed with two influential California congressmen, Christopher Cox and Dana Rohrabacher, as well as House Homeland Security Committee staffers, on how to make the show more realistic.
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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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April 20, 2006 | Greg Krikorian And Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
The purported star of a bogus television series based on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal agents when she said she did not know the show was part of an elaborate investment scam. In her guilty plea, Alison Ann Heruth, 41, acknowledged making false statements to FBI and IRS agents to conceal the scheme, which authorities allege defrauded dozens of investors of more than $5.5 million over a two-year period.
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