Greens plead not guilty to paying Siriwan $1.8 mil
The trial of Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green, charged with bribing Thai officials to obtain contracts worth more than $14 million to manage the Bangkok Film Festival, begins in a Los Angeles federal court today.The pair is 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 U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Greens owned and operated Film Festival Management, an L.A.-based business set up in 2003. The complaint alleges that they 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. They were arrested in December 2007. Both have pleaded not guilty to 22 charges, which, in addition to the corruption violations, include conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Patricia Green was freed on $200,000 bail, Gerald Green on $500,000 bail. Gerald Green produced “Dawn” in 2006 and is producing “The Prometheus Project,” a modern take on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
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