Change of plea in movie production fraud case

On Feb. 7, 2012, Christina Michelle Thompson and Bryan Paxton were arrested in Phoenix in a case involving movie production fraud. The complaint on which they were arrested charges them with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

The complaint alleges that Thompson and Paxton engaged in a scheme to obtain money by falsely promising an author that they had the ability and contacts to have his book made into a movie. To further the scheme, the pair allegedly posed as associates and business partners of notable Hollywood personalities. Thompson allegedly prepared a contract, which she purported was from Sony Pictures, that required the payment of an initial $50,000 fee, with an additional $150,000 to be deposited into an escrow account to cover production expenses. On Jan. 4, 2012, an investor wrote a $12,000 check to Love N Loyalty LLC, in which Thompson allegedly holds an interest, to secure the services of Thompson and a Hollywood producer to make his movie. The complaint alleges that Thompson and Paxton are not in the film industry and do not have the Hollywood contacts they claim.

Bryan Paxton had a change of plea hearing and entered a plea of guilty to the information. Paxton has a sentencing hearing set for November 19, 2012.

Christine Thompson has a change of plea hearing set for September 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

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