Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Sentenced to Year in Jail

Controversial movie creator jailed in connection with a probation hearing from a 2010 bank fraud case

By Bruna Nessif Nov 07, 2012 11:00 PMTags
Nakoula Basseley NakoulaBret Hartman / Reuters

UPDATE: On Nov. 7, Youssef was sentenced to a year in jail after he admitted to lying to his probation officer, using fake names and otherwise violating the terms of his supervised release from his bank and credit-card fraud case.


The man behind Innocence of Muslims is currently behind bars.

But Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's (aka Sam Bacile) arrest has nothing to do with the his contoversial film or the multiple legal suits filed against him by actress Cindy Lee Garcia

U.S. Central District Chief Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal said the filmmaker should be held for probation violation, stemming from his 2010 conviction for check fraud.

"The court has a lack of trust in this defendant at this time," Segal said.

The exact nature of the hearing could not be released because the federal court documents have been sealed, however, Nakoula did reveal his actual name, Mark Basseley Youseff, according to KPCC.

Youseff, who was accused of eight allegations of probation violation, will remain in jail until his next court appearance. Arguing that Youseff was not a threat and has had to endure hardships because of the media in the last few weeks, defense attorney Steve Seiden asked if his client's bail be set at $10,000.

Judge Segal denied Youseff bail, saying he poses a flight risk.

On Oct. 10, Mark Basseley Youssef denied violating his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder scheduled an evidentiary hearing for Nov. 9.

(Originally published Sept. 27, 2012, at 9:06 p.m. PT)