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A Georgia man was sentenced on Monday to four years in federal prison for helping an inmate defraud a billionaire Californian film producer of $11 million, in one of the largest behind-bars crimes in U.S. history.
Eldridge Bennett, 66, of Lawrenceville, pleaded guilty in April to helping veteran criminal Arthur Cofield, 32, with his elaborate fraud.
Cofield, born in a rough district of Atlanta, has been behind bars since 2007.
He was initially given a 14-year sentence for robbing a bank, when he was 16. In the summer of 2018 he was charged with arranging for a hitman to shoot dead a man flirting with a girlfriend, and pleaded not guilty: the case is ongoing, and he remains in prison.
Bennett's daughter, Eliayah Bennett, 28, had married Cofield online in July 2019: she told The New Yorker she was 'a pretty girl in a strip club', adding: 'People know me. I danced for big people and stuff like that.'
Arthur Colfield has been behind bars since 2007. On Monday, one of his accomplices, Eldridge Bennett, 66, was sentenced to four years for his role in the fraud
Sidney Kimmel is seen at the premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines, which he produced, in March 2013. Kimmel was defrauded by Cofield - although the bank immediately repaid the lost $11 million
Kimmel is seen in 2012 with Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of Gone, which he also produced
She was recruited by one of Cofield's girlfriends to 'have a girl-on-girl encounter in front of him on FaceTime,' a detective on the case told the magazine.
Cofield supported Eliayah and her parents financially, and in the