UPDATE, 12/8/11: Charges dropped. Original post below.
The director of the remake of Children of the Corn, who famously bought a Mercedes with Iowa taxpayer dollars through the Iowa film credit program, has been charged with bilking the program through allegedly inflated costs.
The State Auditor Report on the film program says that the Children of the Corn project was rewarded tax credits for over $1.9 million in ineligible or unsubstantiated expenses. It doesn’t appear that the car is among them.
The Des Moines Register contacted Donald Borchers:
Reached Wednesday, Borchers declined to comment on the new charges filed Friday against him. Rather, he voiced frustration with the Des Moines Register for saying he could not be reached for comment in September 2009 for an article focusing on when Iowa’s former economic development chief knew about potentially abusive expenditures within the program.
Borchers said he tried to reach the newspaper. Had he been interviewed, he would have said that former film chief Tom Wheeler approved the purchase of the Mercedes as a way of stimulating Iowa