Scam suspect could do serious time |

Scam suspect could do serious time

Douglas County prosecutors said they will be seeking habitual offender status on a man charged with deceiving two women.

If the prosecution is successful, the maximum sentence Michael David Rogers could receive would be life in prison without the possibility of parole. At the minimum he would have to serve 10 years. Prosecutors must prove that Rogers, 48, has three prior felony convictions to qualify him as a habitual offender.

Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators said they have evidence that Rogers has been convicted of similar crimes in Washington, Colorado, and in Reno and Las Vegas. Rogers is charged with two felony counts of theft in connection with two Oregon women. The women told investigators that they met a man claiming to be Fred Edwards, drummer for the Charlie Daniels Band. The man offered the women two luxury cars for only $1,200, claiming the deal was a tax write-off. Once the women drove the man to Stateline he disappeared with their money. The women reportedly identified Rogers in a photo lineup as they man they knew as Fred Edwards.

Rogers waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. He will appear on Oct. 4 in Douglas County District Court. Rogers is being held in the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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