A two-month investigation into a series of forgeries and thefts has led to the arrest of a couple in connection with the case.
Aaron Woodman, 29, and his wife, Trisha Woodman, 25, have been charged with ongoing criminal conduct and second-degree theft. Aaron Woodman is also charged with three counts of forgery and one count of fifth-degree theft, while Trisha Woodman has been charged with six counts of forgery.
The couple was arrested Friday in Tama County.
While Aaron Woodman remains in Tama County on charges from Friday, Trisha Woodman made her initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Monday morning. Magistrate William Habhab released her with supervision to the Department of Adult Corrections, and sent the case to District Court, where it will be scheduled for a hearing at a later time.
Aaron Woodman is expected to be returned to Webster County once his case in Tama County is completed.
Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said the investigation began after a series of thefts and forgeries were reported in the Fort Dodge and Webster County area.
The criminal complaint against Trisha Woodman said she forged checks or wrote checks that were linked to closed accounts. She's also accused of using checks that were written on other peoples' accounts without their knowledge.
Carmody said the Woodmans' crimes have been linked to at least 13 counties in Iowa, and involve multiple victims. These include individuals as well as companies.
Carmody said officers are still investigating the case and looking to see if there are any more victims. He asked anybody who believes they may be a victim, or anybody with information on the crimes, to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be submitted online at wccrimestoppers.com or by texting "LEC" and the tip to 274637.