The Georgia attorney general’s office has closed a criminal investigation into Warner Bros.’ use of tax credits on the Clint Eastwood film “Sully,” after state revenue agents declined to pursue the case.
The state prosecutor’s office opened a criminal probe two years ago, after a whistleblower alleged that the production had claimed more than $600,000 worth of expenses that were actually incurred in California. Georgia offers a 30% credit on film and TV production costs incurred in the state.
The attorney general’s office referred the case to the state Department of Revenue, which is responsible for looking into tax fraud. According to a Warner Bros. spokesperson, the department’s investigators never contacted the studio. The whistleblower, who asked to remain anonymous, also told Variety that the department never followed up on the complaint. See more at Variety.