A British director swindled $2.3 million (£1.5 million) in tax refunds by hiding behind invoices falsely suggesting he had paid stars including David Carradine and Daryl Hannah a fortune to appear in his movie Eldorado.
Richard Driscoll, who was also Eldorado's producer and screenwriter, is facing jail after he was found guilty of fraud for falsifying invoices for the costs of making the comedy thriller in order to reclaim Value Added Tax (Vat) that he was not entitled to.
The scam included a bogus invoice suggesting Kill Bill star Carradine was paid more than $620,000 (£400,000) for 13 days worth of work, even though he had died two weeks prior to the date stamped on the notice.
The paperwork also falsely suggested Hannah was paid $883,500 (£570,000) for seven days' filming in Cornwall, England, where Driscoll's film studio is based, even though the American star had not even left the U.S.
The verdict was delivered at Southwark Crown Court in London on Tuesday (04Jun13), and Driscoll will be sentenced at the same court on 1 July (13).
Eldorado, which also featured Michael Madsen and British actor Rik Mayall, was slated to be the first modern British film to be shot in 3D and was Carradine's last movie appearance before he passed away in June, 2009.
The movie never received a theatrical release.