The US man (Sam Bacile) behind an anti-Muslim film that led to mass protests in the Middle East has been sentenced to a year in jail for probation violations. Wednesday’s sentence stems from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. According to a BBC report back in 2010 Bacile, had served 21-months in jail for using more than a dozen aliases and opening about 60 bank accounts to conduct check fraud.
The recent sentence was handed down on Wednesday by a judge in California after Bacile admitted to four violations convicting him of fraud. The Assistant US Attorney said that Bacile had betrayed the actors involved in the film by not telling them he was a recently released convicted felon
Among the violations Bacile denied were obtaining a fraudulent California driver’s license, telling federal authorities that his role in the film was limited to writing the script and using the “Nakoula” name throughout his bank fraud case.
Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress in the film that Bacile made, only realized her lines had been written over top of when protests erupted in September. She thought she had signed up for a film called “Desert Warrior” about life 2,000 years ago, but that was not the case.
Its people like Sam Bacile that are hurting other nations and even our own. Him being sentenced to jail is probably the best thing that could have happened. Although for the devastation and corruption that he has caused with the video, that was released in September, a year is not long enough. Many people would agree that what he did was uncalled for and had a very negative effect on the people in many countries.