A Nebraska film and video producer has been sentenced to ten years in prison for defrauding the Iowa Film Office out of more than $9 million in tax credits.
A Polk County, Iowa judge has sentenced 61-year-old Dennis Brouse of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, the producer of the public television and DVD series “Saddle Up with Dennis Brouse,” a program featuring Brouse training difficult horses.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller accused Brouse of making false statements on his application for tax breaks through the Iowa film tax credit program. Changing Horses applied for tax credits totaling $9,179,102 for five separate projects from March of 2008 until September of 2009.
A Polk County, IA jury convicted Brouse of fraudulent practices in the first degree, a Class C felony. It acquitted him of first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct.
Iowa District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg sited Brouse’s premeditation, lack of remorse and failure to accept responsibility as the reasons for the harsh sentence.
“We’re pleased with Judge Rosenberg’s decision and we’re pleased that our prosecutions in the Iowa Film Office matter on behalf of taxpayers continue to be successful. Our office will continue to follow through on every case until the job is done,” Deputy Attorney General Thomas H. Miller said in a written statement.
The primary accountant for Changing Horses, 38-year-old Chad Witter, faces five felony counts in the case. Witter is scheduled to go on trial July 23rd.