You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Authorities probe film fraud allegations

Hungarian customs officials detain Koltai

BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million).

According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family.

Koltai and two other unnamed associates are accused of allegedly submitting fraudulent documents and receipts through three production companies — Filmsziget, Wyvern and RenCon Media — to secure funding for 35 movies over the past three years.

Of these, officials state that only four have been made, including “Magic Boys,” which stars Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones.

More Film

  • IDFA: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh

    IDFA: Syrian Comedian Looks for Fresh Start in France

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

  • Wonderstruck

    ‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film's Multi-Period Look Was Created

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

  • Sarah Jones

    ICG President Steven Poster Pushes On-Set Safety, Slams Government’s Anti-Union Stance

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

  • Isle of Dogs

    Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson's Worlds

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

  • On Body and Soul Hungarian Movie

    Hungary's 'On Body and Soul' Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

  • 'Incredibles 2' Gets First Teaser Trailer

    'Incredibles 2' Gets First Teaser Trailer From Disney-Pixar

    BUDAPEST — Hungary’s Customs and Finance Office have detained producer Gabor P. Koltai over allegations of fraud totaling HUF 4 billion ($19 million). According to Hungarian news service Index, Koltai was picked up on Nov. 8, and is still custody, although Variety has been unable to confirm this through Koltai’s lawyers or family. Koltai and […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content