Scam stories surfacing
The trail of victims winds from Washington to the Mexico border, each new caller tells of a smooth-talking man, sometimes claiming to be a celebrity – a man who offered them deals that sounded too good to be true.
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators said since Friday’s arrest of 48-year-old Michael David Rogers, the calls to their office have not stopped.
“There are so many, I think it’s just going to snowball from here,” said Investigator Aaron Crawford. “I was contacted by an Oregon woman, who said she was taken, who opened up a Web page on this man. She e-mailed me all the responses the page has received.”
Crawford said he has identified four to five South Shore residents on the Nevada side as scam victims, and he has received calls from law enforcement agencies in three states.
An arrest warrant was issued for Rogers last Thursday, charging him with theft in a case involving two women from Klamath Falls, Ore. Rogers was arrested Friday, at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, after investigators received a tip from residents who saw his picture in the newspaper.
Investigators said the women met a man claiming to be Fred Edwards, drummer for the Charlie Daniels Band. The man offered the women two luxury cars for $1,200, claiming the deal was a tax write off. The women drove the man to Stateline where the cars were suppose to be located. He then disappeared with the women’s money, investigators said.
The women reportedly identified Rogers in a photo lineup as the man they knew as Fred Edwards.
Rogers was arraigned on the theft charges Monday and his bail was raised from $100,000 to $250,000.
On Wednesday, Rogers had his second appearance in court, but Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said little was gained for the time. Rogers reportedly refused to speak with his court-appointed attorney. A preliminary hearing on the case was set for Sept. 22.
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