Sentencing Day In 'Hollywood South' Tax Credit Trial

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sentencing time is near for two people convicted last year in a fraud case stemming from the state tax credit program often touted for turning Louisiana into "Hollywood South."

         Husband-and-wife film producers Peter Hoffman and Susan Hoffman face sentencing Wednesday. Prosecutors said the Hoffmans were part of a scheme involving renovation of a dilapidated New Orleans mansion into a film production facility. It included the use of fraudulent documents to obtain more than $1 million in tax credits for work that was not actually done.

         A co-defendant, New Orleans attorney Michael Arata, was spared prison time in the case. He was given probation in January by a federal judge who has been highly critical of prosecutors in the case.

         – by AP Reporter Kevin McGill



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