Mass.: Director inflated costs for film tax credit

December 9, 2011 - 2:30 PM
Filmmaker Tax Credit

Film director Daniel Adams waits to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, where he was charged with inflating expenses in his application for Massachusetts film tax credits, resulting in about $4.7 million in overpayments. (AP Photo/ Dominick Reuter, Pool)

BOSTON (AP) — A movie director has been charged with inflating expenses in his application for Massachusetts film tax credits, resulting in about $4.7 million in overpayments.

The state attorney general's office says Daniel Adams was arrested Thursday in Boston. He was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Friday on charges of larceny and making a false claim against the commonwealth.

In one instance, prosecutors allege Adams reported paying Richard Dreyfuss $2.5 million, when the actor actually was paid $400,000.

Adams pleaded not guilty and was held on $100,000 cash bail. His lawyer, Steven Topazio, says there was a rush to judgment to arrest Adams before a grand jury finished its work

Adams is accused of inflating expenses for two films, "The Golden Boys" and "The Lightkeepers." Both were shot on Cape Cod.