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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Punishment by Lecture Tour?

That's at least what disgraced producer and convicted criminal Garth Drabinsky is selflessly proposing as his punishment in a Canadian court.

Drabinsky would teach theater students “discipline in the craft,” talk about honesty and “avoidance of unethical conduct” in visits to 65 schools across the country, as part of a sentence in which he would avoid jail....

Drabinsky, 59, and [Myron] Gottlieb, 66, were charged by police in October 2002 with lying about finances for nine years at the defunct theater producer Livent Inc. as they raised about C$500 million ($431 million) to buy theaters in Toronto, Chicago and New York and paid for increasingly lavish productions, including “Fosse” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Benotto found both men guilty of two counts of fraud and one count of forging a document on March 25, more than 10 years after police began investigating what they called one of the biggest fraud cases in Canadian history. Each forgery count carries a maximum jail term of 14 years, and the maximum prison sentence for fraud is 10 years.

Wow he really is Max Bialistock, isn't he?

Doesn't look like the judge is buying it, by the way...

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