Jail time for producers in festival probe

Couple given six-month sentence for bribing Thai officials

A producing couple was sentenced to six months in jail and six months in home confinement on Thursday after being found guilty of bribing Thai officials in order to manage the Bangkok Film Festival.

Gerald and Patricia Green also were ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution by U.S. District Judge George Wu. They were accused of paying Juthamas Siriwan, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the president of the festival, about $1.8 million from 2003 to 2007, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Last fall, a federal court jury found the couple guilty of conspiracy and eight violations of the FCPA and seven acts of money laundering.

Prosecutors said the Greens attempted to conceal their bribery using different business entities, some with dummy business addresses and phone numbers. The contracts they secured were worth more than $13.5 million.

Gerald Green’s credits include “Rescue Dawn” and “Salvador,” and they both produced “Diamonds.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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