Man used TV weatherman's name to attract women, police say

2014-05-21T16:31:00Z 2014-05-22T22:07:07Z Man used TV weatherman's name to attract women, police saySarah Tisinger Muscatine Journal The Quad-City Times
May 21, 2014 4:31 pm  • 

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.

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(23) Comments

  1. iagirl86
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    iagirl86 - May 24, 2014 9:27 am
    Are they really doing a news story on this? Good lord.
  2. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - May 23, 2014 2:10 pm
    Yes, you are right, but we have differing standards for identity theft, don't we? If you sneak in from Honduras or Mexico and use someone's SS number not only will you not get arrested, you will be adored and benefits will be given. Free stuff. I guess motivation must be the difference. If you pretend to be someone else to get a date, but don't steal his SS number and don't mess with his credit, you will get hammered. But if you steal an SS number, collect benefits, commit tax fraud (filing for earned income tax credits, dependents, etc) you will suffer no punishment. And that is absolute truth. And moreover, if you are here illegally now, you can walk into any public school and enroll your children without proving residence. Try that if you are a citizen. Illegals get to choose their kids schools, but legal citizens don't.
  3. Eugenix Pure
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    Eugenix Pure - May 23, 2014 1:48 pm
    Dude... freedom is relative but becomes common sense to somene with common sense. . Go live in another country for a couple of years and then reflect on that.Again, it is all relative, but here I am free to do whatever I like, as long as I don't disrespect your right to be you. ( Impersonating real people in cyberspace is illegal and this goof's motivations were devious.)
    Here I do NOT have to observe the leader's religion. I can express my views as long as I allow an EXCHANGE from others. Everything I can't do is the same thing someone else cannot do to me. And vice versa.
  4. tomred
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    tomred - May 22, 2014 5:02 pm
    Every female I know thinks Erik Maitland and Terry Swails are soooo much hotter. Didn't you see Erik rockin the blue jeans last week during the storm! He got some back that would make J Lo jealous. No that is a chick magnet...not some preppy lookin nerd from Jersey!
  5. ridgeview
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    ridgeview - May 22, 2014 3:13 pm
    He looks like Al Capone!
  6. just curious
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    just curious - May 22, 2014 1:24 pm
    Most of the females I know think that Greg Dutra is "HOT", so not just as a meteorologist but THAT meteorologist would qualify as chick magnet.
  7. TruthOnlyBeTold
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    TruthOnlyBeTold - May 22, 2014 11:14 am
    Good comment. Your two cents worth are spot on. And who knows what this guy was planning if he had not been caught...that's the scary part.
  8. TruthOnlyBeTold
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    TruthOnlyBeTold - May 22, 2014 11:06 am
    "In New York and California, online impersonation is a misdemeanor punishable by thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in jail. In Texas, the crime is a third-degree felony that could land perpetrators up to ten years in prison. The Arizona legislature is currently considering a bill almost as severe as Texas’s law. In total at least nine states have an online impersonation law on the books or are currently considering one. Even if the impersonation involves a fake persona, the use of any real names, business or photography could cross the legal threshold."

    http://business.time.com/2013/01/22/can-you-go-to-jail-for-impersonating-someone-online/
  9. Bobaloo
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    Bobaloo - May 22, 2014 10:46 am
    Well, here's the thing – and forgive me if I seem to be over-reacting – but yes, this IS identity theft, and second, and most concerning to me, is, because it was caught quickly, this guy ONLY got away with briefly trying to assume another's identity and profession to become a "chick magnet." What if this man, using his "Greg Dutra" alias, stalked a girl, committed theft or some other act that isn't so easily cleared up or fixed, even if with a little bit of investigating that this yokel and the real Greg Dutra are not one and the same?

    See, when you damage someone's reputation through an act like this, it's not always easily fixable as it is on TV – y'know, the mistake is revealed, the instigator is hauled off to jail, the main protagonist's character is restored fully, we all hug, applause and awws, fade to black – Mr. Dutra's reputation could have been ruined ... forever. All because some guy, who for all I know has difficulty getting the girl, wants to date a hot-looking chick. Jeez!

    Again, sorry if it seems like I'm overreacting, but that's my two cents worth.
  10. CTA2RLM1
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    CTA2RLM1 - May 22, 2014 10:25 am
    In this instance yes. It's identity theft as he was pasing himself off as Greg Dutra.
  11. Um_whatever
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    Um_whatever - May 22, 2014 10:19 am
    I constantly see people changing their Facebook name to some famous persons name (I saw an "Elizabeth Page" yesterday that had even used Betty Page's photo for the profile pic). Are we going to start rounding them up too? I hope this guy has a good lawyer... at this point, without any attempts to take money or open lines of credit, has he really done anything beyond violating the Facebook terms of service?
  12. Hereandhere
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    Hereandhere - May 22, 2014 9:44 am
    It will be fun to watch this reported on KWQC, see if they can do it with those serious news faces that they practice and rehearse!
  13. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - May 22, 2014 8:10 am
    We live in very strange times......
  14. tomred
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    tomred - May 22, 2014 8:09 am
    This guy must be really dumb...if wanted to get chicks as a meteorologist he should have posed as Terry Swails...he is soooo much cuter than Dutra!
  15. TruthOnlyBeTold
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    TruthOnlyBeTold - May 22, 2014 7:36 am
    Maybe it's because I have pants that are older than this guy that I will never understand the seemingly infinite amount of nefarious stupidity that people are committing involving social media and the internet. This guy will most likely get fired from his job and now will have an aggravated misdemeanor on his record....at 24. What a waste.
  16. Legalizeandtax
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    Legalizeandtax - May 22, 2014 7:31 am
    Is this even a crime? Land of the free my behind.
  17. Iowaguy
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    Iowaguy - May 22, 2014 7:06 am
    Are we really sure that Greg Dutra is truly a friendly, certified meteorologist?? Perhaps he is really Bill Gluba, with ALOT of makeup trying to pose as a swag meteorologist . #background check
  18. ttdad
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    ttdad - May 22, 2014 5:40 am
    Sox, there are so many ways to respond..
  19. Sox14
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    Sox14 - May 22, 2014 5:26 am
    Who'd a thunk? Posing as a mteorologist would get all the chicks.
  20. Barnabette
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    Barnabette - May 21, 2014 10:57 pm
    ...And yet another great reminder = the importance of meeting & communicating with people in real time, face-to-face. #stopwastingtime
  21. ttdad
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    ttdad - May 21, 2014 7:56 pm
    He has a face for radio.
  22. BennieFergusen
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    BennieFergusen - May 21, 2014 5:47 pm
    You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.--Buzz Lightyear
  23. geoff
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    geoff - May 21, 2014 5:15 pm
    What a Shame.....
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