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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 14, 2011

New Charge, Plea in Film Office Case

 

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller Friday afternoon entered into a plea agreement with a newly charged defendant in the Iowa Film Office case.  Miller charged Chase Brandau, 25, of Minneapolis, with Theft in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, through a Trial Information document filed with the Polk County Clerk of Court.  Brandau pleaded guilty to the charge and agreed to continue to cooperate with the ongoing investigation of the Iowa Film Office case.

Brandau, Wendy Weiner Runge, Zachary LeBeau, Matthias Saunders own Polynation Pictures and produced the film “The Scientist.”  Weiner Runge is charged with one count of Ongoing Criminal Conduct, one count of Theft in the First Degree, and three counts of Fraudulent Practice in the First Degree.  Weiner Runge’s trial is currently scheduled for February 7.  Felony charges have been dismissed against LeBeau in exchange for his cooperation.  Saunders pleaded guilty to the felony charge of Theft in the First Degree in exchange for his cooperation.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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