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Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts house raid

Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home and seized computers.

Three people at the home were taken for questioning, as were two others who were met by police at their workplaces.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the raid was carried out Tuesday by seven plainclothes officers.

No arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account, but one of the residents was charged with possession of marijuana.

"They brought me in like I was a criminal."

- Michelle Pratt,

"They just asked me about the Twitter account, if I knew anything about it," Michelle Pratt, 27, a resident who was in the shower when officers arrived at the door, said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "They brought me in like I was a criminal."

The Twitter account was set up recently under the handle @Peoriamayor. It included a photo of Mayor Jim Ardis and tweets about sex and drugs.

Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says officers were investigating it as a possible case of impersonating a public official.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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