Anti-Muslim filmmaker jailed for one year

Nov. 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Los Angeles Wednesday sentenced the man behind the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" to one year in jail for probation violations.

Mark Basseley Youssef, who recently changed his name from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and had gone by the alias "Sam Bacile," admitted to four of eight counts of probation violations stemming from a 2010 bank and credit-card fraud scheme that caused $800,000 in losses, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Youssef's attorney, Steven Seiden, has asked for home confinement, but U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder sided with assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale and cited Youssef's "continuing deception" as reason enough to put him behind bars, the newspaper said.

"This is not a defendant that you want out there using multiple names," Dugdale said, noting Youssef's passport and driver's license had different names, and he had used a third alias for his work on the film, which sparked mass violent protests that killed dozens in Libya and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

Youssef had served most of his 21-month prison term from 2010 and was banned from computer and Internet activity for five years as part of his probation, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, said.

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