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Man Accused Of Starting Regina Steroid Hoax Faces Felony In New Case
By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette
A Solon man arrested for allegedly sending harassing letters to Regina High School last year is now accused of forging documents to get loans.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, in 2012, 44-year-old Daniel L. Stone obtained two loans from a bank not named in the criminal complaints. The bank required Stone to provide income information and Stone submitted W-2 forms for 2010 and 2011 and a 1099 form for 2011.
However, an investigation revealed that Stone forged his 1099 form and had inaccurate information on both W-2 documents, police said. As a result, Stone was arrested and faces one count of fraudulent practices, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
This is Stone’s second run-in with the law this summer. In July, the Iowa City Police Department arrested Stone on accusations of third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor. Police said Stone sent letters to Regina staff in 2013 which claimed Regina coaches had been giving football players steroids since 2010.
The letters, which claimed to be penned by an organization calling itself Regina Parents for Responsible Athletics, accused Regina staff of not taking action and said that if certain demands were not made, the steroid accusations would be sent to the media. When the Regina administration did not cave to those demands, the letters were released to multiple media outlets.
Police have said there was no truth to the accusations that Regina student-athletes were being supplied with steroids.
The case went without an arrest until DNA evidence allegedly linked Stone to the letters. Stone was arrested and also charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.
Stone has demanded a jury trial in the harassment case and is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 9. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail.