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A Hollywood film producer and his wife surrendered to federal authorities on Monday to start serving prison sentences in the federal government’s first criminal case under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act against individuals in the entertainment industry. Patricia and Gerald Green, whose film credits included Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, were convicted of paying $1.8 million in bribes to a high-ranking government official in Thailand in exchange for more than $13.5 million in contracts to manage the Bangkok International Film Festival. The Greens ran the festival between 2004 and 2006. Each was sentenced to serve six months in prison, plus six months’ home confinement. Federal prosecutors, citing a recent string of FCPA sentences, sought 10 years in prison for each defendant, while lawyers for the couple asked for five years’ probation, including some period of house arrest. On Monday, Gerald Green, 78, who suffers from emphysema, surrendered to federal authorities at a men’s medium-security federal prison on Terminal Island near Long Beach, Calif., according to Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Patricia Green surrendered to federal authorities at another facility in Victorville, Calif. Calls were not returned by Gerald Green’s lawyer, Jerome Mooney, a partner at Weston Garrou & Mooney in Los Angeles; or Patricia Green’s lawyer, Marilyn Bednarski, a partner at Kaye McLane & Bednarski in Pasadena, Calif. Amanda Bronstad can be contacted at [email protected].

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