A Storm Lake man… arrested for theft and forgery in February… has received a suspended sentence in Buena Vista County District Court.
Twenty year-old Dalton Sassman of Storm Lake was charged with second-degree fraudulent practices, second-degree theft, and conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, all class “D” felonies.
Storm Lake police received a report from the victim… who had responded to a private advertisement on Facebook for a house for sale in Truesdale. The victim alleged they met with a person who claimed to be the owner and secured interest on the property sale. Following the transaction the reporting party through their own research became concerned on the legitimacy of the real-estate contract they entered into.
Police alleged Sassman was operating under an alias, had no authority to sell the property, and was not the owner of the property.
Sassman pleaded guilty to third-degree theft and to forgery. He received two-year suspended sentences on both counts and was placed on probation for two years. He was ordered to pay two-thousand dollars restitution… two-thousand dollars in fines, surcharges, and court costs… and to submit a DNA sample.