Two people sentenced in movie fraud case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Two people who lied about being in the film industry in order to rip off an author will be spending the next several months behind bars.

Bryan Paxton was sentenced to 24 months in prison earlier this week, while Christine Thompson received 19 months behind bars.

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

The pair pretended to be 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.

Thompson and Paxton didn't work in the film industry and didn't have any connections in Hollywood.

Paxton entered a guilty plea in the case in August, while Thompson pleaded guilty in September.