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CEDAR FALLS – A taxi operator has been arrested for allegedly submitting doctored insurance forms to maintain his cab permit in Cedar Falls.

Ryan Joseph Clark, 40, was arrested Friday for third-degree theft, a misdemeanor. He was later released from jail.

Reached for comment on Tuesday, Clark's defense attorney, James Metcalf, said he hadn't reviewed the case.

According to police, Clark operated First Call Taxi and had given paperwork to city licensing officials showing he had insurance in 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, the insurance company, Metropolitan Insurance Service Consultants, went to police with concerns about Clark’s documents. According to court records, Clark's policy had been dropped in March 2016 because of unpaid premiums.

After the policy had been dropped, Clark continued to submit paperwork purporting to be from Metropolitan, and investigators determined the documents contained inaccurate dates for coverage and misrepresented the number of vehicles covered, records state. When it was in effect, the policy only covered four vehicles, but certificates provided by Clark claimed up to 14 vehicles were covered, records state.

City officials terminated Clark’s taxi license in February 2017, and police searched his home in La Porte City in April 2017 and seized a computer, according to court records.

Officials with the City of Waterloo said First Call hasn’t had a license to operate in Waterloo for years. In February 2013, Waterloo authorities ticketed Clark for operating without a vehicle-for-hire permit, court records show.

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