Articles & Notes — November 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Anti-Muslim film maker can go to jail for all the wrong reasons…

On November 7, Associated Press reported that the California man named Mark Basseley Youssef can actually end up behind bars, yet not for the “Innocence of Muslims” film that he made.

Some sources claim he has already been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

The two hour film attacking Islam’s Prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where a U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Weeks after the film started causing unrests, the man responsible for directing the film said he believes ” the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world”.

Prosecutors provided more details about Youssef in a case where he’s accused of violating the terms of his probation by lying about his identity.

While none of the eight alleged violations have to do with the content of “Innocence of Muslims,” what prompted Mark Basseley Youssef to use at least two aliases after he was convicted in 2010 of bank fraud remains a mystery.

The revocation hearing will give Youssef, 55, a chance to challenge any evidence gathered by federal authorities since his arrest in late September, just weeks after he went into hiding when deadly violence erupted in Libya and other parts of the Middle East in response to the movie.

Enraged Muslims have demanded severe punishment for Youssef, with even a Pakistani cabinet minister offering $100,000 to anyone who kills him.

Federal authorities are seeking a two-year sentence for Youssef, who remains held without bail.

The prosecutors said that Youssef had been sentenced to 21 months in prison for using more than a dozen aliases and opening about 60 bank accounts to conduct a check fraud scheme.

After Youssef was released from prison, he was barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer.

At least three names have been associated with Youssef since the film trailer surfaced — Sam Bacile, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and Youssef. Bacile was the name attached to the YouTube account that posted the video, which depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, pedophile and a womanizer.

Court documents show Youssef legally changed his name from Nakoula in 2002, though when he was tried, he identified himself as Nakoula. He wanted the name change because he believed Nakoula sounded like a girl’s name, according to court documents.

Among the violations Youssef 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.

Prosecutors recently sought transcripts from a pair of 2009 hearings in the bank fraud case where Youssef told two judges that his true name was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.



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