Man convicted in $60M film finance fraud scheme

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man claiming to be a film financier has been convicted in South Florida of participating in a scheme to steal more than $60 million from investors and producers seeking financing for movies and Broadway shows.

Court records show a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found Jason Van Eman guilty Tuesday of conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering. His sentencing is scheduled for July 21.

Prosecutors say Van Eman and a co-defendant offered to help investors and producers fund motion pictures, theater performances and other projects but instead stole the victims’ money.

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