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West Central Tribune
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Property damage

SPICER -- Damage to a cement ash tray, owned by the city, was reported around 1:15 a.m. Thursday along the 100 block of Lake Avenue North. The damage was apparently caused by persons involved in a fight.



SPICER -- The theft of checks was reported around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday along Highway 23 near the intersection of County Road 10.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a welding power source was reported around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave. N.W.

ID theft

WILLMAR -- A case of identity theft was reported around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday along the 3300 block of Eighth Street Northeast. A caller reported a fraudulent wire transfer of $70,000 from a credit union.


SPICER -- A 20-year-old Montevideo man was arrested for driving while impaired, no proof of insurance and expired registration around 10 p.m. Wednesday along Highway 23 near 71st Street Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

Jose Angel Quilantan, 32, of Pennock, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft and perjury.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges, for aggravated forgery and perjury, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 28.

Quilantan, along with Nadia Italia Martinez, 31, of Pennock, were charged in the case. She has been sentenced to five years of probation, a $50 fine and 30 days in the county jail on a charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft. She was ordered to pay $6,239 in restitution, jointly with Quilantan, write a letter of apology, attend victim offender mediation and obtain and maintain employment.

According to the complaint, in April 2007, Martinez applied for public assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services for herself and three children. She listed Quilantan as a resident of the household, and the father of the children, who was in the country illegally and therefore not entitled to assistance. However, his income was to be reported to determine eligibility for public assistance.

Martinez repeatedly reported that Quilantan was a member of the household but was not working or receiving any income. An investigation revealed that he was working for Lake Country Resources, under someone else's Social Security number, from April 2007 to Sept. 2008 and that his income had not been reported to family services. The resulting overpayment was $6,239 in assistance from May to September 2008.