An Egyptian-American man behind the inflammatory film “Innocence of Muslims” on Wednesday was sentenced to one year in federal prison after admitting to violating the terms of his probation from a 2010 bank fraud case.
Mark Basseley Youssef also was ordered to serve four years of supervised release after his prison term. The sentencing by Judge Christina Snyder came in a Los Angeles federal court after a hearing Wednesday in which Youssef admitted using an alias, which prosecutors said violated his probation.
The amateur filmmaker from Cerritos, California, was identified in initial news accounts in September as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the name used in the bank fraud case. But the probation revocation case lists the defendant as Mark Basseley Youssef, which the filmmaker stated in court is his legal name.
In a plea deal, Youssef admitted to using a name other than his legal one; possessing a driver’s license under the Nakoula name; possessing a fraudulent driver’s license; and falsely telling his probation officer last month that he hadn’t used the name of Sam Bacile, a name he allegedly used in making the controversial film.
While on probation, Youssef was prohibited from using any other name without consent of his probation officer.
How crooked does this ninja have to be for THAT to be a condition of your probation?! SMH
Youssef had been on probation since being released from federal prison in June 2011 after serving 21 months in the bank fraud case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale said in court Wednesday that the new sentence was appropriate, asserting Youssef’s use of aliases was part of “a long-running pattern of deception,” and that the film’s actors and actresses “had no idea he was a recently released felon.”
Cast and crew members have said they didn’t know that they were shooting a film having anything to do with Islam or the Prophet Mohammed. The prophet’s name was dubbed in after the film was shot, some of them have said.
Seiden said Wednesday that Youssef admits to being the film’s writer, and that he might also have been a “cultural consultant” on the film.
Karma is a beyotch. Beyotch…
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