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'Southland' Star Sued

Accused of DEFRAUDING

Movie Investor

3/27/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Southland" star C. Thomas Howell concocted an elaborate scheme to swindle $220,000 from a film investor -- using fake bank accounts and forged documents -- this according to a new lawsuit ... but Thomas tells TMZ he's a victim too.

Blackacre Entertainment filed the suit in L.A. Monday, claiming Howell and two other defendants asked them to invest $220,000 for a film called "Bite" ...  money which Howell said was necessary to shake loose $11 MILLION in funding for the flick.

BE claims Howell assured them it was legit and the $$$ would be returned in 30 days ... plus $66,000 for the trouble.

But BE says they never saw a dime ... and it was all a giant scam.

BE claims Howell tricked them with forged docs, a fake bank account (which showed an $11 mil balance), and phony conference calls between BE and phantom Bank of America managers.

BE is suing for $286,000 plus punitive damages.

Howell tells TMZ ... he has filed his own lawsuits regarding the case -- claiming he was duped into raising the $220k by a fraudulent third party -- and had NO IDEA it was a scam.

He says he has contacted the FBI to investigate the case.

16 COMMENTS

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1.

IwuvTMZ    

Oh no!

483 days ago
2.

verlinda    

YARN...ZZZzzzzz

483 days ago
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tdr9    

These things happen.. We need more news

483 days ago
4.

I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

TMZ! Who is this person? Please tell us how Moesha, Screech, Betty White, The Geico Lizard, The Fonz, VHS Players, Vanilla Ice, The Wayans Brothers, The McRib Sandwhich, Judge Joe Brown, Ricki Lake, Leg Warmers, Right Said Fred, Martin Lawrence, The Rubics Cube, Chuck Norris's Beard is doing? Thanks!! It's much more important then this unknown !

483 days ago
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jimbo    

I have a hard time believing Howell is going to risk his reputation and career for a measly $220k. If it was a scam for the whole $11 million that would be one thing. But for $220k??? Come on, be serious.

483 days ago
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jackmama311    

i hope that c. thomas is cleared, we don't need another fallen kid from the outsiders.

483 days ago
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Mandini76    

It wasn't him... it was The Hitcher.

483 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Thought it was Michael Biehn.

483 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Wolverines!

483 days ago
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Ozzie X    

Flash back to the 80s. Eh it happens. as a celeb you should have a cash fund for potential contract issues.

483 days ago
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jdranetz    

Celebrities get drawn in all the time to be unwitting pawns in scams like these. The celebrity is offered some sort of endorsement fee, or partnership offer. Once the scam is uncovered, the scammers hope that it's the celebrity gets most of the blame, and is chased after for restitution. Why Hollywood types fall for this? They are people with money, that probably have no sort of business education, and wouldn't know a scam if it hit them over the head. This is also why people in the medical profession are targeted for smaller scale more frequent variety.

483 days ago
12.

manbearpig    

pony boy is in trouble!!

482 days ago
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svorenberg    

Official response to the story from C. Thomas Howell: http://cthomashowell.info/2013/03/27/c-thomas-howells-official-response-to-tmz-lawsuit-story/

482 days ago
14.

ummmAnyways    

just Pay up Pony Boy!

477 days ago

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