Producer's Sentencing Postponed In Film Credit Fraud Case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has agreed to postpone the sentencing date of a Hollywood producer and two co-defendants convicted this spring of defrauding the state's film tax credit program.

         The New Orleans Advocate reports the producer, Peter Hoffman; his wife, Susan Hoffman; and New Orleans businessman Michael Arata now are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30.

         A lawyer for Peter Hoffman requested the delay, saying his client had recently suffered a heart attack.

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         Federal prosecutors opposed a delay in sentencing.

         A federal jury in New Orleans convicted the Hoffmans and Arata in a scheme to inflate the costs of a multimillion-dollar renovation project in which a dilapidated mansion would become a post-production studio.

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