Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the filmmaker behind the movie that sparked days of rioting across the Muslim world, has been arrested on suspicion of violating terms of his probation, federal authorities said Thursday.
Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, told USA Today that Nakola, a Coptic Christian who produced "Innocence of Muslims," was arrested for alleged probation violation for his conviction of bank fraud in 2010. A bail hearing was to be held later in the day.
Nakoula was convicted on bank fraud charges in 2010the Los Angeles Times reports. As part of his sentence, he was ordered not to own or use devices with access to the Web without approval from his probation officer -– and any approved computers were to be used for work only.
There were also restrictions placed on him in enlisting others to get on the Internet for him. Some speculated that Nakoula may have violated those terms after the film trailer was loaded onto YouTube.
Nakoula was arrested in 2009 on suspicion of a scheme to create fake identities and open credit cards in those names, then draw tens of thousands of dollars from the phony accounts.
In June 2010, he was convicted on four counts, including bank fraud and identity theft, and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay $794,700.57 in restitution. He was released, according to federal records, in June 2011.
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