Jury Selection Begins in Filmmaker Trial

By: associated press Email
By: associated press Email

Jury selection is underway in the trial of a Minnesota filmmaker charged with misusing tax credits designed to lure filmmakers to Iowa.

45-year-old Wendy Weiner Runge, of St. Louis Park, Minn. is charged with first-degree theft, three counts of fraudulent practice in the first-degree and one count of ongoing criminal conduct.

Her trial is the first over allegations that she and other movie makers inflated values on applications for tax credits for the filming of a science fiction movie "The Scientist."

Charges against another filmmaker were dropped and two others
pleaded guilty.

The charges followed an investigation into a tax credit program
administered by the Iowa Film office.

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