IC man charged with tampering with records

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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Johnson County sheriff's deputies charged an Iowa City man with tampering with records and interference with official acts Wednesday after he allegedly provided a false name and information during a traffic stop.

According to a complaint, Jose Roldan, 28, was stopped Tuesday because he was reportedly driving erratically due to a flat tire. Roldan allegedly presented the deputy with a Mexican driver's license with the name Mario Mendoza on it and failed to provide proof of insurance. Roldan was tested for sobriety and then gave the deputy consent to search his vehicle, according to the complaint.

The complaint said the ensuing vehicle search turned up a California driver's license with the name Dolores Emilio Adame and a matching Social Security card. Roldan allegedly admitted to purchasing the false identification for $120. Roldan then signed three traffic citations under the name Mario Mendoza and was released from the stop, according to the complaint.

Shortly after releasing Roldan, a complete records search by the Sheriff's Office showed Mario Mendoza was actually Jose Roldan, the complaint said. A deputy picked up Roldan again, and Roldan allegedly said he had provided false information because he had been previously deported and agreed to provide his real information.

— by Matt Starns

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