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PHOENIX — A man and woman arrested in Phoenix in a scheme to defraud movie investors have been sentenced to prison.

Authorities say 36-year-old Bryan Kane Paxton got a 24-month term and 43-year-old Christina Michelle Thompson received a 19-month sentence.

The two pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud in separate hearings.

Prosecutors say Paxton and Thompson falsely promised an author they had the ability and contacts to have his book made into a movie. The two allegedly posed as associates and business partners of notable Hollywood personalities.

Thompson allegedly prepared a contract that required the payment of an initial $50,000 fee with an additional $150,000 to be deposited into an escrow account to cover production expenses.

Phoenix TV station KTVK says an investor wrote a $12,000 check in January.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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