Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Press: North Idaho Online Imposter Revealed But Faces Police Inquiry

Posted By on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

A North Idaho man who pretended to be a Kootenai County Commissioner in an online post has admitted to being an imposter, but he also faces a police investigation.

The trouble started the morning after a June 17 public forum on proposed changes to Kootenai County's land use code. The hearing quickly got out of hand with shouts erupting from attendees and the session ultimately being shut down because the fire department said the meeting at the county courthouse was over capacity.

That's when an online debate heated up on the website of the Coeur d'Alene Press. Someone who registered with a screen name "Todd_Tondee" called detractors of the land use proposal a bunch of "thugs," among other things.

But Tondee, a Kootenai County Commissioner, said that wasn't him and filed a police report claiming false personation.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Zac Eifer has admitted to the falsehood, "knowing full well that he could be prosecuted for the alleged crime."

Tondee said the matter was in the hands of the police.

"If there was a crime committed, people need to know there are consequences," Tondee told the Press.

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