Man pleads guilty in movie fraud case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A man accused of claiming to be in the film industry in order to fraudulently obtain money from an author has pleaded guilty to the allegations.

During a change of plea hearing on Thursday, Bryan Kane Paxton, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud. He has a sentencing hearing set for November 19.

Paxton’s co-defendant, Christina Michelle Thompson, 43, has a change of plea hearing scheduled for September 4.

Thompson and Paxton, who were arrested in Phoenix, have been accused by federal prosecutors of telling an author that they would be able to make his book into a movie.

The pair reportedly posed as associates and business partners of well-known Hollywood personalities.

Thompson went on to draft a contract that required an initial fee of $50,000, followed by an additional $150,000 to pay for expenses.

This past January, an investor wrote a $12,000 check to a company that Thompson holds an interest in to secure the services of Thompson and a Hollywood producer.

The complaint alleges that Thompson and Paxton don’t work in the film industry and don’t have any connections in Hollywood.