Iowans face identity fraud charges

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One Iowa man was at large and another arrested in connection with accusations they lied to get an Iowa driver’s license and to register to vote.

Nickie Perkins, 53, of Melbourne is a convicted felon accused of lying on the voter registration application he submitted in Marshall County in order to vote in the 2012 general election.   As a result of that registration, Perkins allegedly signed a voter roll and cast a ballot in the election while he knew he wasn’t legally qualified to vote.

Perkins faces two counts of first-degree election misconduct and one count of third-degree fraudulent practice.   He was released from jail on his own recognizance pending trial.

Jesus Castorena, 64, was charged with two felony counts of perjury.  Castorena is accused of falsifying his application for an Iowa driver’s license by stating he was a U.S. citizen when he had actually been deported to Mexico three years prior.

Castorena was at large and warrant was issued for his arrest.