Ottumwa Man Arrested for Lying About Bank Deposit, Spending Stolen Money


Ottumwa police say a man lied about a bank deposit and spent the stolen money.

29-year-old Erik Ortiz has been charged with second-degree theft, a Class D felony.

Court records say on March 3 shortly before midnight, Ortiz deposited $12 at an ATM at River Community Credit Union but entered his deposit as $4,600 on the keypad. Ortiz then spent the stolen funds over the course of three days.

A warrant for Ortiz’s arrest was issued on March 21 and he was taken into custody on May 8.

Ortiz is currently in the Wapello County Jail on a $5,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 15.

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