Suspected scam artist caught
A man wanted for allegedly conning people in several different states was arrested Friday. Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators said they received a tip on the man’s location Friday morning from some South Shore residents who read an article on the scams in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
A theft warrant with $100,000 bail was issued Thursday for 48-year-old Michael David Rogers. Investigator Ted Duzan said they found Rogers around 11:10 a.m. at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Rogers was allegedly involved in setting up a real estate scam at the time of his arrest.
“I started walking out to the parking lot and I saw Mr. Rogers trying to slip away. I approached him and asked his name. He identified himself to me as Mike Rogers, and I informed him of the warrant and arrested him. He was in possession of a social security card that matched the warrant,” Duzan said, adding that Rogers fingerprints were being sent to the Department of Justice to confirm his identity.
Duzan said Rogers would not talk with investigators about the allegations, but evidence found after the arrest allegedly linked him to the case.
“We had an additional victim that came into the substation this morning after he saw the story and Rogers picture in the paper,” Duzan said.
On Friday, investigators said they received numerous calls from people claiming they were victims of Rogers, and from other law enforcement agencies seeking Rogers for cases in their jurisdictions.
Investigator Rory Planeta said Rogers uses several aliases, including Stuart Elliot, drummer for the rock group Alan Parsons Project, and Fred Edwards, drummer for the Charlie Daniels Band.
Under the guise of Fred Edwards, Rogers allegedly convinced two Oregon women that he was going to sell them two luxury cars for only $1,200 as a tax write off. The women drove Rogers to Stateline, where the cars were supposed to be delivered. Rogers then disappeared with the women’s money, Planeta said.
Rogers allegedly did the same thing to two other sets of women. Planeta said Rogers also goes through the motions of buying million-dollar properties for the purpose of getting free meals and entertainment. Duzan said it appears Rogers was attempting that type of scam when he was caught at Edgewood.
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