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Is 'Harel Goldstein' Harold Hill's real name?

January 25, 2012

20110629-2.jpgIowa achieved another economic development milestone with a guilty plea by imprisoned California filmmaker Harel Goldstein on charges arising out of Iowa's film tax credit program. Thegazette.com reports:

Prosecutors said during filming of “Underground” in 2009, Goldstein created false invoices and used them to support claims for tax credits.

Goldstein will face an estimated year-long extension of his 46-month federal sentence, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. He pleaded guilty to all three counts as charged without a plea deal. As a result, Polk County District Judge Karen Romano agreed with recommendations from both parties and sentenced Goldstein to three suspended sentences, including two years of probation, and a $2,500 fine. Goldstein also was ordered to pay the cost of transport to Iowa and back to California.

OK, so maybe Mr. Goldstein's film, "Underground, " hasn't yet triggered a tourist boom, but we will always have the intangibles.

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