Attorney General Tom Miller filed criminal charges against four more people in the Iowa Film Office case. The former director of the film office, 42-year-old Thomas Wheeler of Indianola was charged with three counts of felonious misconduct in office; three counts of first-degree fraudulent practice; and one count of conspiracy.
Wheeler was fired after reports surfaced that the tax credits were improperly used. He faces other charges in connection with the issue.
Forty-one-year-old Bruce Heppner-Elgin of Washington was charged with two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree fraudulaent practice, and one count of ongoing criminal conduct. Thirty-seven-year-old Chad Witter of Bettendorf was charged with two counts of first-degree fraudulent practice, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of ongoing criminal conduct. Sixty-year-old Dennis Brouse of Plattsmouth, Nebraska was charged with one count of first-degree fraudulent practice, one count of first-degree theft, and one count of ongoing criminal conduct.
Heppner-Elgi runs Iowa Film Production Services of Iowa City, Witter is a tax credit broker and Brouse owns a production company called Changing Horses Productions.