Santa Rosa fraud suspect hired to work on car allegedly sold it instead
A Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud after allegedly selling a car he didn’t own to someone else.
Police say Suede Lee Barganski (52) was hired by the first victim to work on a 1954 Lincoln car, which he is accused of then fraudulently selling to another person. The second person, unaware of the fraud, then hired Barganski to work on the same vehicle.
Property Crimes Detectives, who’d been investigating Barganski since October of last year, forwarded the case to the District Attorney’s Office to secure an arrest warrant on charges of forgery, embezzlement, identity theft, and grand theft.
Concurrently, investigators with the DA’s office were wrapping up a separate investigation into additional allegations against Barganski.
He was ultimately arrested Windsor on March 2 and booked at the Sonoma County Jail.