WHEELER APPEAL: Film Tax Credit Case Ruling

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The Iowa Court of Appeals says the former head of the Iowa Film Office can be reimbursed for some of the court costs he incurred while standing trial.

Tom Wheeler faced nine charges stemming from the film office tax credit scandal. He was found not guilty of all but one — misconduct in office.

The Court of Appeals agreed with a district court’s decision requiring Wheeler to pay for his attorneys and the cost of depositions. But the court of appeals also ruled the state should pay for a little more than $1,000 in court costs.

The Iowa Film Office was shut down by Gov. Chet Culver in 2009 after it was found several production companies were inflating costs to receive state tax credits.

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