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The man behind the anti-Muslim video that sparked murderous riots is a check kiter who was banned from Internet


As The New York Times reports:

credit: Bret Hartman: Reuters

“The man, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was questioned at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in Cerritos, where he lives. He was not placed under arrest.

“This was a voluntary interview he did with federal probation officers,” said Kim Manatt, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy.

Federal court officials did not immediately respond to calls on Saturday.

In June 2010, Mr. Nakoula was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for orchestrating a check-kiting scheme. In addition, as part of the fraud scheme, prosecutors also said Mr. Nakoula possessed at least 15 credit and debit cards in the names of other people, along with at least five identification documents that were not issued lawfully. Though Mr. Nakoula served about only a year in prison, part of his sentence also prohibited him from using the Internet while on probation for five years without permission from his probation officer, court records show.

The review is intended to determine whether Mr. Nakoula violated the terms of his probation.

The incendiary, amateurish video, which depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a buffoon, a womanizer and a child molester, was first uploaded to YouTube in June and was translated into Arabic and uploaded several more times in the week leading up to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

That helped generate protests last week, first at the United States Embassies in Egypt and Libya, where the American ambassador and three other people were killed, and then at Western embassies and consulates throughout the Middle East.

Since the protests, Mr. Nakoula had remained holed up inside his house, while a media encampment kept 24-hour watch outside his front door….”