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Man cleared in credit card fraud case

The Montcalm County Sheriff Department has officially cleared a man that should never have been considered a suspect in a credit card fraud case in Howard City.

A Nixle alert was sent out by the Howard City Police last week, with a surveillance photo showing the man and asking for the public’s assistance to find him. The man, Matt Bowhuis, came forward and told police he was innocent. The Sheriff’s Office then asked us to take down the posting on our web page, and said they were going to interview him further to rule him out. We agreed to do that, and took the story off both our web and Facebook pages.

Det. Tom Goerge confirmed to the Post on Wednesday, October 30, that they had interviewed Matt Bowhuis, and that he had indeed been cleared as a suspect. Det. Goerge said that the timing was off on the store’s camera, leading to an incorrect suspect photo being circulated.

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