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Man convicted in decades-long identity theft that led to his victim being jailed

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William Woods was homeless and living in Los Angeles when he learned that someone was wracking up debt using his name. But when he reported his concerns to a branch manager of a bank, he wound up spending nearly two years locked up, accused of identity theft himself. Court records show that as he continued to insist he was Woods, he was even sent to a state mental hospital and drugged. Finally this week, a former high-level Iowa hospital IT worker who had assumed Woods’ identity for decades pleaded guilty to two federal charges. That man, 58-year-old Matthew David Keirans, who lived in Hartland, Wisconsin, is awaiting sentencing for making false statements to a National Credit Union Administration insured institution and aggravated identify theft.

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