Duo convicted of conspiracy, money laundering
A federal jury has found Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green guilty of bribing Thai officials in order to manage the Bangkok Film Festival.
Jurors in Los Angeles federal court found the husband and wife guilty of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, eight violations of the FCPA and seven acts of money laundering. In addition, Patricia Green was found guilty of two counts of falsely subscribing a U.S. tax return.
The pair had been accused of paying Juthamas Siriwan, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and president of the fest, $1.8 million between 2003 and 2007 — a violation of the FCPA. Prosecutors said the Greens attempted to conceal their bribery using different business entities, some with dummy business addresses and phone numbers, and by making “commission” payments through the foreign bank accounts of intermediaries.
The government said the contracts secured by businesses owned by the Greens were worth more than $13.5 million.
“The FCPA is a powerful tool that the department will continue to use in an effort to stop individuals like the Greens who seek to further their own business interests through bribes paid to foreign officials,” said Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general, of the conviction.
The Greens were arrested in December 2007. Gerald Green produced “Dawn” in 2006 and is producing “The Prometheus Project,” a modern take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
The money-laundering convictions carry prison terms of up to 20 years each. The conspiracy and FCPA charges each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison; the false subscription of a U.S. income tax return carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of not more than $100,000.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 17.