It’s a cheesy story about a cheesy guy, and the women who loved him have to wonder why (with apologies to the Beatles).
Michael Gross is set to plead guilty in federal court to charges of bilking two women out of millions of dollars after convincing them that he was an ultra-successful fantasy author. While he did get some books published, the most fantastic tale he told was on his resume. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has details:
He told her Steven Spielberg had optioned three of his murder mysteries, according to outlines of what happened in three years of federal court filings by Johnson. Filming and production had already begun with actors Pierce Brosnan, Alan Rickman and Kirsten Dunst cast in starring roles, he said. Yet another book was optioned with Bruce Willis and Diane Lane in the lead roles.
But none of that was true. Nor was it true what he wrote about himself inside his books: that he held a doctorate in neuropsychology and was once a member of the U.S. National Fencing Squad, having won more than 35 titles worldwide.