A big story has broke in Louisiana concerning film subsidy fraud:
Hoffman and Arata allegedly gained money after convincing authorities they were going to transform an old mansion at the edge of the French Quarter, which had fallen into a severe state of disrepair, into a film post-production facility. But now, prosecutors say the defendants filed a “materially false and misleading” film infrastructure tax credit application “when, in truth and in fact, the expenditures had not been made as claimed.”
There have been strong indications that other VFX companies are engaging in similar acts of subsidy fraud:
For example, I’ve had a number of professionals tell me that some companies will hire a worker as a BC resident but ask them to immediately move to India to work there instead. The idea here is the producer would be able to still claim a 60% rebate on their salary from the BC government but not really do any work in BC but India instead.
I’ve been in contact with multiple publications that would like to do an investigation and story on this issue if it is indeed true. We would like to reach out to anyone who has information about this to contact me: vfxsoldier at gmail dot com. Your identity will be protected and will not be revealed to anyone but the reporters involved.
Now let me make it clear that I am not falsely accusing any company of actually doing this but there have been enough people contacting me about this issue that I thought I’d reach out to readers about this.