A Muscatine city worker has been accused in Scott County of posing as an area TV meteorologist to meet women online and using a city computer to conduct some of the crimes, authorities say.
Matt Wendt, 24, of Davenport, was arrested May 9 and released from the Scott County Jail later that day on $2,000 bond. Wendt was charged with two counts of identity theft, each an aggravated misdemeanor. He is an accountant for the city of Muscatine.
According to a story by KWQC-TV, Wendt used the identity of KWQC meteorologist Greg Dutra to create fake social media accounts to meet women.
"I posted a message on Twitter that had my girlfriend tagged in it, and a few moments later I got a direct message from a girl who was upset because she thought that I hadn't told her that I had a girlfriend from conversations that we allegedly had on Facebook," Dutra said in the KWQC story.
Davenport police traced the messages back to IP addresses from both Wendt's home and work computers.
Attempts to reach Muscatine officials Wednesday to see whether the charges would affect Wendt's job status were unsuccessful.
An aggravated misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to two years and a fine of $500 to $750. Arraignment for Wendt has been scheduled for 11 a.m. June 12.