The main investor in a project to turn a former western Michigan auto parts plant into a film production studio has been charged in what authorities say is an attempt to fraudulently obtain a $10 million state tax credit.

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Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Monday that 46-year-old Joseph Peters of Ada was charged with attempted felony false pretenses over $20,000.

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A message seeking comment from Peters was left with a spokeswoman for Hangar42.

Cox says Peters falsely claimed in an application to the Michigan Film Office for an infrastructure tax credit that his company bought Hangar42 in Walker for $40 million. The application was later denied.

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Cox is one of five Republicans running for governor in Tuesday’s primary.
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