Iowa DOT News Release

Forest City man pleads guilty to identity theft

Posted on: March 02, 2018

ANKENY, Iowa – March 2, 2018 – Wendell Keith Hunter, 57, of Forest City, Iowa, pled guilty to identity theft and a related charge filed in October 2016 against him by the Iowa Department of Transportation. 

The Iowa DOT's Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection had been contacted to assist the Forest City Police Department. During the investigation, it was discovered that Hunter had assumed the identity of a Florida man several years before moving to Iowa. Hunter had been working in Iowa at the time of his arrest under the assumed identity. 

Hunter and his family lived in Forest City under the assumed last name. Open source information indicates the family had moved to Iowa to live in Forest City a short time after Hunter’s wife retired from the Pittsburgh Police Department.

Also through open source information during the investigation, it was determined that Hunter had donated a kidney while posing as the other man in the Pittsburgh area. 

Hunter was sentenced in Winnebago County for five years of prison time suspended, will be on probation, and must pay fines. He also pled guilty to the false use of a birth certificate and received 180 days incarceration in jail with credit for time served.


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