The filmmaker believed to be the man behind controversial anti-Islam movie Innocence Of Muslims, which sparked violent protests throughout the Middle East earlier this year (12), has been sentenced to a year behind bars.
Producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, aka Mark Basseley Youssef, was arrested in September (12) and charged with violating the terms of his probation relating to a 2010 bank fraud conviction.
He was convicted on four counts of bank fraud and identity theft in 2010 and sentenced to serve 21 months in federal prison. He was released in June, 2011.
The terms of his probation banned him from using computers or the Internet without the approval of a probation officer.
He appeared in a federal court in Los Angeles, where Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal opted to hold him in custody without bond.
Ironically, none of the charges against him were connected with the content of The Innocence of Muslims.
On Wednesday (07Nov12) U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder sentenced the 55 year old to a 12-month prison sentence, which will be followed by four years of supervision, after the producer admitted to four of the eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver's license.
Federal authorities were seeking a two-year sentence for Youssef.
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