The former Barack Obama campaign staffer who was arrested for trying to steal the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz pleaded not guilty to the crime. Zach Edwards of Des Moines entered the written plea on Friday and avoided a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Monday.
Edwards was arrested on January 20 on the charge of identity theft, an aggravated misdemeanor. According to a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, “Edwards fraudulently used, or attempted to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz and/or Secretary Schultz’s brother, Thomas Schultz, with the intent to obtain a benefit, in an alleged scheme to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office.”
At the time of the alleged crime and subsequent arrest, Edwards was an employee of Democrat consulting firm Link Strategies. The group has ties to Senator Tom Harkin, Attorney General Tom Miller, former governor Chet Culver, President Obama, and several prominent Democrat officials around the country. Link Strategies fired Edwards shortly after he was arrested.
Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, a prominent Republican, is defending Zach Edwards in the case. He faces a maximum of two years in jail and a $6,250 fine.
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