A FILM producer who was investigated after stars including George Clooney, Tom Hanks and John Travolta were promised for films which did not happen has been given extra punishment.

Steven Clifford Wilkinson has received ten more years of bankruptcy restrictions for concealing three bank accounts and a six figure income – despite racking up £5 million in debts.

The 47-year-old is accused of raising millions of pounds from investors for films that were never made, along with his former colleague Michael Cowan, 52.

Wilkinson, formerly of Brighton and Polegate, was made bankrupt at Brighton County Court in 2013 after his failed bid the year before to enter into an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA).

Official investigators from the Government’s Insolvency Service found, in one case, £6 million had been raised but only £3 million could be traced.

Inquiries began after Brighton-based companies Warlord Productions and Spice Factory UK claimed to have signed up several star actors to take part in filming projects.

The companies were later shut down by the courts after it was found the claims were false.

The list of famous names included George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Gerard Depardieu, Albert Finney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone and Vinnie Jones. Wilkinson was linked to Warlord Productions.

Insolvency Service investigators revealed on Monday that Mr Wilkinson failed to disclose income of £180,964 during the 12 months in which he was subject to bankruptcy, as well as the existence of three bank accounts that he held at the date of his bankruptcy.

A spokesman said: “The bankruptcy order was made in the county court at Brighton on February 1, 2013.

“The deficiency to creditors was £5,172,044.

“At the date of the bankruptcy order Mr Wilkinson was in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance but that ceased shortly afterwards and during the 12 months of bankruptcy he received income totalling £180,964.

“Because the income and bank accounts were not disclosed by Mr Wilkinson, the creditors have been deprived of a possible return of some money.”

Anthony Hannon, official receiver in the public interest unit, said Wilkinson was made aware of his duty to disclose all his assets and income during the 12 months that he would be subject to the restrictions of bankruptcy.

Wilkinson will also not be allowed to manage or control a company during this period without the court’s permission.