A woman from Mexico who was living in Mount Pleasant has appealed her identity theft conviction because she’s now being deported.
The identity theft came to light when a woman named Emilee Deuitch learned someone using her name, date of birth and Social Security number had gotten treatment at a West Burlington hospital.
It turns out Cinthia Callejas-Solorzano had used the woman’s identity to get a job at West Liberty Foods. Callejas-Solorzano is a native of Mexico and she bought a driver’s license and Social Security card with Deuitch’s personal information on it.
She admitted to the identity theft, but now appeals, saying her lawyer failed to alert her to the immigration consequences of her guilty plea. The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the woman’s identity theft conviction, but noted it could review the woman’s complaints about her lawyer later.