OAKLAND — A former Pleasanton resident who told investors he was a three-time Oscar-winning sound effects designer was sentenced today to 48 months in prison.
Brice Carrington, 46, of Ojai will also have to pay nearly $4 million to 13 victims, and pay another $141,897 in income taxes. He will be supervised for three years after his release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a deal with the U.S. attorney, Carrington pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to one count each of wire fraud and tax evasion. He admitted that from 2001 to 2005, he faked a Hollywood career to gain clients, whom he promised would get double and even triple their returns on sound effects projects.
He faked his credentials and paid a Walnut Creek jeweler to make Oscar statuettes to show that he was big in Hollywood, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Of the approximately $4 million he received from investors, Carrington spent about $430,000 on actual sound effects design projects. He used some of the remaining money to purchase a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Hummer H2 and a Mercedes SL 500R as props to support his career claims. Carrington was forced to forfeit those vehicles to authorities.
He also failed to report $581,000 on his 2003 tax return, instead reporting that he owed no taxes.
Carrington was charged Aug. 4 with five counts of wire fraud and four counts of tax evasion. He begins his prison sentence Feb. 12.
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