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FOREST CITY — A Forest City man is accused of masquerading as someone else to get a job, register to vote, obtain a hunting license and secure other benefits and services for two years.

Wendell Hunter, 55, was charged with felony identity theft, felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor counts of false use of a birth certificate and false application for a license or identity card.

Police believe Hunter stole and the identity of a Florida man, Daniel Hughes, and began posed as Hughes from June 9, 2014, until Oct. 20, according to court documents.

During that time, police accuse Hunter of using the stolen identity to earn $73,845.83 at 3M Corp., obtain utilities, register to vote, get insurance benefits, establish bank accounts and credit cards and to recieve a hunting and fishing license.

They say he also bought a home while pretending to be Daniel Hughes.

A Globe Gazette reporter’s call to a phone number listed in court records as belonging to Hunter, who signed his court papers in the case as Daniel Hughes, went unanswered Tuesday afternoon.

There was no voicemail message.

A spokeswoman for 3M, where Hunter allegedly worked while pretending to be Hughes, also could not immediately be reached by telephone late Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators claim Hunter used a falsified birth certificate and Pennsylvania voter ID form to get a non-driver ID card from the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2014.

He waived his preliminary hearing and was released on bond Friday. His next court date has not been set.



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