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FOREST CITY | A Forest City man who got a job, registered to vote and obtained other benefits under an assumed name has been given probation for felony identity theft.

Wendell Keith Hunter, 57, received a five-year suspended prison sentence last week in Winnebago County District Court. 

Judge DeDra Schroeder ordered him to be placed on probation for three years. He was fined $750. 

Hunter also received a 180-day jail sentence to be served concurrently with his prison sentence for the false use of a birth certificate. He was given credit for time served and fined $315.

The Iowa Department of Transportation filed charges against Hunter, a former Pittsburgh area resident, in October 2016.

The DOT's Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection had been contacted to assist the Forest City Police Department in the case.

Hunter had assumed the identity of a Florida man several years before moving to Iowa and continued to live under the assumed name while living in Forest City, according to a news release from the DOT.

Hunter and his family moved to Forest City a short time after Hunter’s wife retired from the Pittsburgh Police Department, according to the DOT. 

DOT officials say Hunter also donated a kidney while posing as the other man, Daniel Hughes, in the Pittsburgh area.

In Iowa Hunter used Hughes' identity to earn $73,845 at 3M Corp., obtain utilities, register to vote, get insurance benefits, establish bank accounts and credit cards and receive a hunting and fishing documents, according to court documents. 

Authorities say he bought a home while pretending to be Hughes and used a falsified birth certificate and Pennsylvania voter ID form to obtain a non-driver ID card from the Iowa DOT in 2014.

Hunter pleaded guilty in June 2017. When he didn't appear for sentencing on Sept. 8, a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was arrested in Tennessee in January and brought back to Forest City. 


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