A Nebraska filmmaker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for bilking the state of Iowa out of millions in a film tax credit scheme.
A Polk County judge sentenced 61-year-old Dennis Brouse Thursday. He was convicted of fraudulent practices in the first degree for making false statements in his applications for film tax credits for his “Saddle Up with Dennis Brouse” series.
A state audit found the state issued more than $9 million in tax credit certificates to Changing Horses Productions, which is owned by Brouse.
“Fraud is not an impulsive crime, It is carefully planned, and only by punishing it with imprisonment can we possible deter other would be fraudsters from following through on their own plans,” said Assistant Attorney General Rob Sand.
Judge Scott Rosenberg cited Brouse’s lack of remorse and refusal to accept responsibility for his role in the film tax credit scheme as worthy of prison time.
The primary accountant for Changing Horses Productions, Chad Witter of Bettendorf, goes on trial in July on charges including ongoing criminal conduct, first degree fraud and first degree theft.