Martha Coakley charges LA-based movie director with bogus film tax credits

Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today that a Los Angeles-based movie director has been charged with submitting fraudulent film tax credit applications that helped him reap nearly $5 million extra for two films made in Massachusetts.

Daniel Adams, 50, will be arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court. He is accused of making a false claim against the Commonwealth, and larceny over $250.

Adams was arrested last night by State Police, Coakley’s office said in a statement.

Adams is accused of submitting tax credit applications claiming inflated expenses for “The Golden Boys’’ and “The Lightkeepers,’’ both of which were filmed on Cape Cod.

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The Village Voice published a scathing review of “The Golden Boys’’ in April 2009.

“You can feel yourself growing older in the 90 minutes it takes to watch this horrid piece,’’ it said. “The story turns – at about the pace of an arthritic hip.’’

Massachusetts offers film production companies a 25 percent tax credit for various payroll and production expenses incurred in the Commonwealth.

It is aimed at making the state competitive for moviemakers, and has been credited with attracting a variety of films and filmmakers.

In the statement, Coakley said the investigation is active and ongoing.

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