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Jail inmate from North Liberty faces 23 new felony charges

Man accused of organizing series of check-cashing forgeries

Nathaniel Matiyabo
Nathaniel Matiyabo

A North Liberty man faces a whopping 23 felony charges.

Nathaniel Matiyabo, 28, of North Liberty, already was in custody in the Muscatine County Jail — which holds overflow Johnson County inmates — on other charges when the North Liberty Police Department requested more charges be filed against him. Specifically, the department alleges that Matiyabo committed one count of ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony; and 22 counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, a Class D felony.

Throughout the month of May 2014, Matiyabo and a second, unnamed suspect, agreed to commit a series of forgeries or that one or both of them would convince someone else to commit the crime for them, according to the criminal complaints. Police allege that Matiyabo and his partner deceived a third person into cashing checks that had been stolen and forged. Matiyabo and his partner would then keep the money, police said.

Online jail records indicate Matiyabo already faces seven counts of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; unauthorized use of a credit card and identity theft, aggravated misdemeanors; and one count of forgery, a Class D felony.

A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a Class D felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

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