Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson was the ambition of a US$190,000 (£120,000) acclaim agenda artifice that approved to bond out a disturbing business.

The recently-knighted Hobbit helmsman acclimated his American Express agenda to shop for items from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company, which specialises in the auction of actual miniatures. Richard Berry, buyer of the company, acclimated the capacity to cut counterfeit invoices in adjustment to accumulate his disturbing business afloat, a US cloister has heard, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Berry, who admits fraud, faces a best book of 18 months abaft bars.

Berry's lawyer, David Steingold, told the court: "He bare account and acclimated the acclaim card, and hoped to accord the money aback sales best up."

"Things got out of duke because the abridgement didn't about-face around," he added.

Sir Peter was not larboard out of abridged as a aftereffect of the scam.

Berry, who has already paid Am Ex bisected the money he owes and has promised to acquisition some way to accord the rest, faces sentencing on 7 February.

Meanwhile Jackson, 49, was rushed to hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, for anaplasty on a perforated abscess beforehand this week. The already long-delayed alpha of filming for The Hobbit was pushed aback a added ages as a aftereffect of Jackson's illness.

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