Who's innocent now?
Mark Basseley Youssef is a man of many names. We covered a half-dozen of them in late September when he was first arrested for violating his probation. Today, the artist formerly known as Kritbag Ditraf learned that he'll be spending the next year in prison due to his use of numerous aliases while producing the film, reports The Associated Press.
To be clear, this has little to nothing to do (at least on the surface) with the sacrilegious content of his much maligned Internet video, "Innocence of Muslims," which depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a pedophile and womanizer and led to riots throughout the Middle East.
Instead, the reason for the lengthy sentence was because the dirtbag Kritbag Ditraf (debut album coming soon) was previously convicted of fraud involving the use of multiple aliases.
According to the AP, Mark Basseley Youssef was previously sentenced to 21 months for using more than a dozen aliases to open about 60 bank accounts for a check-fraud scheme. His probation prohibited him from using the Internet for five years, unless prior permission was granted by his probation officer. He was also prohibited from using any name other than his legal name.
As we previously reported, one actor in Basseley's Internet video claimed that he was paid via checks displaying the name Abanob Basseley Nakoula. The same name was on the filmmaker's residential lease in Cerritos. He also allegedly applied for a passport, driver's license, and worked on the film under three other aliases.
When a probation violation is alleged, there is typically a hearing in which evidence and testimony of the violations is heard. A judge then decides if the evidence shows that conduct occurred that violates the terms of the probation. If so, part or all of the defendant's remaining sentence is reinstated. Youssef/Ditraf faced up to three years in prison on eight alleged violations.
Today, he admitted to four of the eight alleged violations. As a result, he'll serve one year in prison.
- Consult a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney (FindLaw)
- 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef gets prison (ABC Los Angeles)
- YouTube, Filmmaker Sued for 'Innocence of Muslims,' Video to Stay for Now (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice Blog)
- 'Innocence of Muslims' Director's Arrest Due to Lies, Deception? (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice Blog)