Hollywood producer charged with defrauding Covid-19 aid program, stealing from studio
Sadleir took more than $25 million from Aviron to buy a $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California and pay for other personal expenses, according to a criminal indictment in New York. Another case, brought against him in Los Angeles, accuses the producer of taking $1.7 million in PPP loans – intended for small businesses to survive the Covid-19 pandemic – and using them to make car and credit card payments.
According to New York prosecutors, Sadleir told an unnamed investor that he had transferred $27 million from the studio to buy advertising time. Instead, he allegedly handed it to a sham business entity and even posed as a fictitious female employee “Amanda Stevens” in an email to the investor, telling them the media credits had been reserved.Also on rt.com Postponing Oscars 2021 due to Covid-19 would be a cowardly move, the final nail in the ceremony’s coffin
While the investor has not been directly identified, the case cites allegations of fraudulent lien releases brought up in the December 2019 lawsuit by BlackRock Multi-Sector Income Trust. A month later, Sadleir was ousted from Aviron, for reasons undisclosed at the time.
Los Angeles prosecutors accuse Sadleir of fraudulently applying for PPP loans in the name of three Aviron entities with 33 employees each. However, most of the company’s employees had been laid off since January.
About $87,000 of the money was used to pay Sadleir and his wife’s credit card bills, while another $40,000 went on a car loan, prosecutors say.Also on rt.com More Shake Shacks are sitting quiet on small business Covid-19 bailout money, aided & abetted by big banks while mom & pops suffer
Sadleir faces two counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in New York, as well as wire fraud, bank fraud, false statements to a financial institution and lying to the Small Business Administration in Los Angeles.
Aviron, which Sadleir founded in 2017, released films such as ‘Kidnap’ with Halle Berry; ‘Destination Wedding’ with Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves; ‘A Private War’ with Rosamund Pike; ‘Serenity’ with Matthew McConaghey and Ann Hathaway; and the teen romantic drama ‘After.’
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