Couple pleads not guilty to bribery charge


A Los Angeles couple pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of bribing a senior Thai government official in charge of awarding lucrative contracts for the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Gerald and Patricia Green of Film Festival Management appeared in a downtown federal courtroom in Los Angeles to answer the charges. They were indicted last week by a federal grand jury after waiving their rights to a preliminary hearing.

The government claims they funneled more than $900,000 to a Thai official who was president of the Bangkok film fest and governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. In exchange, they were allegedly awarded festival contracts, which included funds of more than $7 million.