Defendant in Film Program Scandal Acquitted
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Bettendorf accountant charged in Iowa's film program scandal has been acquitted.
A Polk County jury returned with a not guilty verdict on Monday for 39-year-old Chad Witter. He'd been charged with fraud, theft and ongoing criminal conduct.
Witter was the last of the 10 defendants to be tried on fraud or other charges. The film incentives program was shut down in 2009 after an audit showed millions of dollars were awarded improperly.
Witter denied lying on state documents and says he never conspired with filmmakers to submit false expense paperwork as part of the state's tax credit program.
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