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Director of “Die Hard” Gets 1 Year for Lying to FBI

die-hard-posterBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The director of “Die Hard” is off to live hard.

A federal judge in Los Angeles  sentenced John McTiernan Monday to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine for lying to FBI agents over a wiretapping case in which he hired rogue detective Anthony Pellicano to wiretap film producer Charles Roven after they worked on the 2002 movie “Rollerball”, the news service AFP reported.

His other films include “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Pellicano, the detective to the star, who illegally wiretapped the rich and famous, is serving a 15-year-sentence.

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Ex-Phone Co. Worker Convicted of Perjury and Lying to FBI Agents in Connection to Rogue LA Private Detective Pellicano

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The scandal involving rogue L.A. private detective Anthony Pellicano, who illegally wiretapped some of the Hollywood’s biggest stars like Sylvester Stallone, continues to show life.

A Los Angeles federal jury earlier this week convicted former SBC phone company employee Joann Wiggan, 56, of Burbank, of perjury and lying to FBI agents about information she provided from the company data bases to a former phone employee, Ray Turner. Authorities say Turner used the info to help Pellicano illegally wiretap stars.

In closing arguments, prosecutors alleged that Wiggan, a facilities technician with access to the phone company’s mainframes in Los Angeles, was the person physically connecting the illegal wiretaps at  the direction of  Turner and Pellicano, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

In 2006, a federal jury acquitted her on four counts alleging  perjury before a federal grand jury.  A mistrial was declared on the fifth count. Earlier this week, prosecutors tried her on that unresolved fifth count, plus new charges of lying to FBI agents in 2004 and committing perjury during her 2006 trial.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 22.

Pellicano is serving 15 years in prison.

Fed Judge: Good Chance Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian Was “Complicit” in Dirty Detective’s Illegal Conduct

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The Anthony Pellicano case ruined a lot of people it touched including FBI agent Mark Rossini, who leaked an FBI document in the case (see special reports). Billionaire Kerkorian, like other high-profile people, may have gotten his hands dirty in the whole mess, but nothing will happen to him.

By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
Wall Street Journal
LOS ANGELES — The federal judge in the high-profile wiretapping case of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said there was “reasonable cause to believe” that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian was “complicit” in some of the investigator’s illegal conduct.

The statements are part of a 2008 order issued by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. Mr. Kerkorian, 92 years old, a prominent businessman and investor, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged with a crime.

The U.S. Attorney’s office here, which handled the Pellicano case, declined to comment on Judge Fischer’s 2008 order, which was unsealed recently and surfaced Wednesday in connection with a lawsuit in Los Angeles state court. There aren’t any indications that federal prosecutors are looking at taking any action against Mr. Kerkorian.

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Hollywood Private Eye Anthony Pellicano Sentenced to 15 Years

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

Anthony Pellicano/youtube

The end of a Hollywood-like life was a painful one for Anthony Pellicano. The only snooping he’ll be doing will be behind bars.

By Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison this afternoon for running an illegal wiretapping operation that gathered information for a list of well-to-do clients, including celebrities, attorneys and business executives.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer’s sentence was longer than the five-year, 10-month punishment recommended by the Probation Department.
Pellicano, whose clients and victims ranked among Hollywood’s biggest stars and most powerful executives, was convicted in two criminal trials earlier this year of 78 counts, including wiretapping, computer fraud and wire fraud.
In court papers filed in October, prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Pellicano, 64, to more than 15 years in prison, saying the sleuth was charged with, and convicted of, only a fraction of the crimes he actually committed.
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Convicted Private Eye Anthony Pellicano Leaves a Trail of Scars

Famous people like to leave legacies. Convicted private eye Anthony Pellicano left a legacy that will go down in Hollywood history for his world-famous, underhanded snooping. Today he’s scheduled to be sentenced.

Anthony Pellicano/youtube photo

Anthony Pellicano/youtube photo

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Victims of former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano say they have never been able to free themselves from the emotional and financial fallout caused by crimes he committed while wiretapping the rich and famous.
A former reporter says she has nightmares about being hunted and raped. A mother says her daughter is mocked by other kids and their parents. An actress who once appeared in a popular television series says she has found little work since.
They are among the victims who have submitted letters to the federal judge who is scheduled to sentence Pellicano on Monday. The former private investigator is already in custody since being convicted of a total of 78 counts, including wiretapping, racketeering and wire fraud, in two separate trials earlier this year.
Federal prosecutors have recommended in court documents that Pellicano, 64, serve nearly 16 years in prison for running a criminal enterprise and for becoming a “high-priced thief who fraudulently obtained prominence through the harm that he wantonly inflicted on others.”
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