Filmmaker Pleads Guilty in Iowa

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Bruce Elgin, 42, of Washington, pleaded guilty to Tampering with Records, an aggravated misdemeanor. As part of the plea, the Attorney General's office agreed to drop all other charges against Elgin, including Ongoing Criminal Conduct, two counts of First-Degree Theft, and two counts of Fraudulent Practice in the First Degree.

Elgin also agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation and prosecutions related to the Iowa Film Office and the state’s former film tax credit program. His sentencing date has not been set.

Elgin, who was previously charged as Bruce Heppner-Elgin, is co-owner of Iowa Film Production Services and was a producer of the film “Splatter” and a writer, director and producer of the film “The Offering.”

According to a 2010 investigation by the Auditor of State, Heppner’s Iowa Film Production Services claimed tax credits for more than $7.8 million in non-qualifying expenses, including $1.3 million for which the Auditor found no proof of payment.

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