Prosecutors for the state have filed a motion to dismiss charges against a California filmmaker accused in the Iowa Film Office tax credit scandal. Fifty-five-year-old Donald Borchers was charged in October with defrauding the state of at least $75,000.
The criminal charges were filed after Borchers declined to provide information about “discrepancies” in the evidence the state obtained about tax credits the filmmaker received. A release from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office indicates Borchers agreed to speak with authorities after the charges were filed.
Miller withdrew the charges against Borchers based on the information he provided. In October, the former director of the Iowa Film Office – Tom Wheeler – was sentenced to two years probation for misconduct in office. A Minnesota film producer is serving a 10-year-prison sentence after she plead guilty to a felony charge of fraudulent practice.