Iowa to dismiss charges against filmmaker

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 6:57 PM
Iowa to dismiss charges against filmmaker

Iowa wants to dismiss charges against a California filmmaker who received state tax credits in a program aimed at building Iowa's film industry.

Attorney General Tom Miller filed a motion Wednesday to drop charges against Donald Borchers, a Beverly Hills producer and director.

Borchers was charged in Polk County with theft and fraudulent practices. He was accused of submitting inflated cost claims for the remake of the 1984 horror film "Children of the Corn" and of accepting state tax credits based on inflated expense claims.

Borchers told a judge during a November hearing that it was an accounting error. Miller says Borchers provided prosecutors with information that addressed the state's concerns.

The film program was shut down in 2009 after a state audit showed millions of dollars were awarded improperly.