Tama man charged with forgery
Michael Randolph Miles, 44, of Tama, was arrested by a Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a warrant Tuesday on two counts of forgery, two counts of identity theft more than $1,500 but less than $10,000, and one count of fraudulent use of academic degree.
He was released on his own recognizance after his initial appearance in court.
One of the forgery counts is a Class D felony, while the second is an aggravated misdemeanor.
Identity theft of more than $1,500 but less $10,000 is a Class D felony.
Fraudulent use of academic degree is a simple misdemeanor.
The charges resulted from Miles’ actions on Jan. 8, when he made a false representation by using his son’s transcripts and identification to enroll in Marshalltown Community College (MCC).
On Jan. 19, Miles committed forgery while applying for a $3,500 federal unsecured loan and a $6,000 federal unsubsidized loan at MCC.
A Class D felony is punishable by a maximum prison term not to exceed five years which may be deferred or suspended unless forcible felony. A fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500 may be imposed.
An aggravated misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum prison term not to exceed two years, or may be a jail sentence if not more than one year. A mandatory fine of at least $500, but not more than $5,000 may be imposed.
A simple misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum jail term not to exceed 30 days. A mandatory fine of at least $50, but not more than $500 may be imposed.
His preliminary hearing is Feb. 28.