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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Former accuser of Hollywood director charged with wire fraud

A man who had accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexual abuse
when he was a teenager but later dropped his lawsuit has been charged
with securities and wire fraud for running a fraudulent investment
scheme, officials said on Wednesday.

A grand jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday indicted Michael
Francis Egan III, 32, who is a former resident of that community, for
operating the scheme from 2007 to 2012, U.S.

Attorney Anne Tompkins' office said in a statement released by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

During that time, Egan falsely convinced investors he was a close
associate of the chief executive of a major bank and that he owned
stakes in famous Las Vegas hotels, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Egan promised people who gave him money he would invest in projects
such as Halloween-themed attractions, land development and television
shows; instead, he spent the money on his rent, car lease, pet care
and living expenses, according to Tompkins' office and the FBI.

Egan will be ordered to appear in court and faces a maximum sentence
of 20 years in prison if convicted of securities fraud and a similar
sentence if found guilty of the wire fraud charge against him.

An attorney for Egan could not be reached for comment.
Egan earlier this year filed high-profile civil lawsuits accusing
"X-Men" director Bryan Singer and three Hollywood executives of
abusing him as a teenager.

But after Singer filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, calling the
claims a "sick, twisted shakedown," Egan filed a motion for voluntary
dismissal of the case against the movie director. Egan's similar
lawsuits against three other Hollywood executives were also dismissed.



Credit: Reuters

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