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January 30, 2015

Jury Convicts Filmmaker in Fraud Retrial

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A Polk County jury today convicted Nebraska film and video producer Dennis Brouse of first-degree fraud for his role in the Iowa Film Office tax credit fraud case.

Brouse, 64, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, produced and starred in the public television and DVD series “Saddle Up with Dennis Brouse,” a program that featured Brouse training difficult horses.  Brouse, owner of “Changing Horse Productions,” applied for Iowa tax credits through the state’s film tax credit program.  Attorney General Tom Miller alleged Brouse caused false statements to be made in expenditures submitted to the state.

In March of 2012 a Polk County jury convicted Brouse of the same fraud charge, a Class C felony, and acquitted him of first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct.  Brouse appealed, and in April the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed the verdict.

A Class C felony carries a maximum ten-year sentence.  The judge set a sentencing hearing for March 23.

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