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Police: Cedar Rapids man racks up $10,000 hospital bill under fake name

Waterloo police arrest him on fraud charge after 18-day hospital stay there

WATERLOO — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested after racking up thousands of dollars in bills at a Waterloo hospital under an assumed name, authorities said.

According to police, Robert Lyle Littrel, 54, was admitted to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital on Aug. 19 under the name Robert Spanton. He remained at the hospital until Thursday and did not attempt to correct the name on his hospital records.

Court records indicate the hospital charges surpassed $10,000.

On Thursday, Waterloo police arrested Littrel on one count of first-degree fraudulent practices.

Court records show that Littrel has a number of theft convictions in other parts of Iowa and is wanted in Johnson County for missing a court date on a theft charge. In that case, he is accused of collecting $1,300 in cash in February for a mobile home in Iowa City and a Dodge pickup that he never delivered.

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