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For immediate release –Monday, February 8, 2010.
Contact Bill Roach – 515-281-5112 or broach@ag.state.ia.us.


Statement of the Attorney General's Office:

[UPDATE: more charges filed on June 2, 2010].

Criminal complaints and supporting affidavits were filed this afternoon in Polk County District Court in the matter of the Iowa Film Office tax credit investigation.

Names and dates-of-birth of defendants are listed in the documents along with the allegations being made in regard to each.

Statutory criminal penalties for the charges alleged are as follows: First Degree Theft, a class C felony, carries a penalty of no more than ten years and a fine of at least $1,000 and no more than $10,000.

Non-felonious misconduct in office, a serious misdemeanor, carries a fine of at least $315 but not to exceed $1875. In addition the court may order imprisonment not to exceed one year.

Prosecutors on this case are Deputy Attorney General Thomas Henry Miller and Assistant Polk County Attorney Justin Allen. (Thomas Henry Miller is not to be confused with Attorney General Thomas J. Miller.) The investigation of this case was handled by the Division of Criminal Investigation.

The criminal investigation into this matter is continuing but prosecutors are not able to comment further.

In accordance with Iowa Supreme Court rules governing the comment that can be made by prosecutors in criminal cases, we remind reporters that all the information contained in the complaints and affidavits are allegations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. .

[Go to Wheeler documents.]

[Go to Scientist documents.]

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