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Producer goes down for fraud

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Joseph Medawar plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion a couple of days ago. He raised $3.4 million in funding for a show called DHS, about the Department of Homeland Security. He was bold enough to claim that he had personal approval from the President, and DHS chief Tom Ridge, and that the show was already in production.

None of that is funny, but I'll tell you what is, one of the people involved was Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican in the House of Representatives. Medawar optioned a script that Rohrabacher wrote about DHS (aren't you supposed to be serving the people instead of sitting at home writing scripts, you ass?) and was subsequently briefed by government officials on the operation of DHS. Can you believe that? God forbid someone with ulterior motives should approach a politician with a little money in hand, asking for information about our nations primary defense agency. Oh wait...

One episode was produced once Medawar learned he was being investigated by the FBI, and "a supposed trailer shown to investors was only a compilation of clips from action movies." It doesn't get much better than that. God loves a sucker. (source)

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