Iowa Film Fiasco felonies? Wheeler charges upgraded, more film figures charged

January 11th, 2011 by Joe Kristan

Things got much more serious yesterday for former Iowa Film Office Director Tom Wheeler. The Attorney General’s office dropped the former misdemeanor malfeasance charge against the besieged bureaucrat and replaced it with three seven felony misconduct charges related to the now-suspended Film Tax Credit program.
The Attorney General also charged film credit broker Chad Witter with scandal-related charges — the first brought against an industry middleman. Two film industry figures — Bruce Heppner-Elgin and Dennis Brouse — also were hit with felony charges. Rod Boshart reports:

In the five felony counts brought against Witter and Brouse, prosecutors allege they knowingly made false statements for the purpose of procuring state economic development assistance for the Changing Horse film entity and did take possession of property exceeding $10,000 in value belonging to the state by unlawfully reporting fraudulent or inflated spending claims for tax credits.

The five felony charges against Heppner-Elgin allege he knowingly made false statements for the purpose of procuring state economic development assistance for

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