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Phoney Kung Fu Panda creator jailed

Jayme Gordonwho falsely claimed he first came up with the character and story for the animated movie Kung Fu Panda has been sentenced to two years jail for fraud. Image courtesy DreamWorks.

Jayme Gordonwho falsely claimed he first came up with the character and story for the animated movie Kung Fu Panda has been sentenced to two years jail for fraud. Image courtesy DreamWorks.

BOSTON –  [AP]

A US man who falsely claimed he first came up with the character and story for the animated movie Kung Fu Panda has been sentenced to two years jail.

Jayme Gordon was also ordered on Wednesday in federal court in Boston to pay more than $US3 million ($A4 million) in restitution.

The 51-year-old from Massachusetts filed a lawsuit in 2011 to try and obtain a multimillion-dollar settlement from DreamWorks Animation SKG.

Prosecutors said Gordon fabricated and backdated drawings of characters similar to those in Kung Fu Panda, lied repeatedly during his testimony and destroyed computer evidence,

Beyond superficial similarities, the panda characters and story Gordon created had little in common with DreamWorks’ 2008 movie, prosecutors said.

He was convicted of wire fraud and perjury charges in November.


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