CHICAGO - Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has suspended the state's film tax-credit program and asked the state auditor and attorney general to assist in a review after an audit found lax oversight had allowed producers to claim credits for unqualified expenses, raising questions over the value of the program as the state seeks to remain in the black.

The Department of Economic Development which oversees the state Film Office last week disclosed the results of an independent audit that criticized oversight of the program. The audit found that credits were claimed for two luxury vehicles not used in productions, few projects provided receipts for expenditures, contracts for tax credits were increased after their initial approval, and credits were claimed improperly for out of state purchases.

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