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"I wanna stop you and have you go through it line by line that's how egregious this is," said State Senator Mike Bell.
The investigation by the State Comptroller details several issues with the program that began in 2006.
Auditor Vincent Finamore says the former administrators of the program, including former Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr, didn't make sure the companies they were giving money to were actually based in Tennessee.
"Resulting in possibly the inappropriate refund of $7,536,498 in tax revenue," said Finamore.
Finamore says that's just the beginning too.
His office reviewed the program's work from 2006 to 2011 and found it gave money to 3 film projects with ties to the program's former Executive Director's spouse.
That's along with thousands of problems with expenses productions listed to qualify for incentive money.
Finamore detailed one memorable one.
"The allowance of the full retail price of a pick up truck for a film that had a 31 day production time," said Finamore.
The State Comptroller says it all adds up to wasted taxpayer money and it's unknown if Tennessee is going to be able to get any of it back.
The State Department of Economic and Community Development says it started making changes last year to address the concerns in the audit.
"Our department has worked aggressively since early 2012 when the Comptroller's staff shared preliminary audit details with the ECD to reform the state's film incentive program. That reform included working with legislative leaders to repeal the film tax credit last year. ECD has also hired an outside audit firm with expertise in the entertainment industry to audit more than a dozen different productions that were awaiting approval in early 2012," said Clint Brewer, assistant commissioner communications.
Monday, January 28 2013, 09:49 PM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
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