California movie producer gets 8 years in prison in fraud
NEW YORK (AP) — A California movie producer has been sentenced to eight years in prison after he was convicted of defrauding investors of over $26 million.
David Bergstein was sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan.
U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel (kass-TELL’) also fined Bergstein $250,000 and ordered the forfeiture of all proceeds in the scheme.
The 55-year-old Bergstein produced the 2004 romantic comedy “Laws of Attraction” with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.
He cried as he asked for leniency, saying he wanted to be reunited with his wife and sons as soon as possible.
Castel said the sentence was less than federal sentencing guidelines called for. He said he wanted to send the message that anyone who commits a similar crime will pay a steep price.
Bergstein has been incarcerated since his conviction.