SIOUX CITY | A Storm Lake, Iowa, man has been arrested after police said he made felony misrepresentations in the attempt to sell a home in Buena Vista County.
The Storm Lake Police Department in a Friday release announced the arrest of Dalton Sassman, 20, of Storm Lake. Police since Jan. 19 had been looking into possible fraudulent practices on the sale of a home in Truesdale, a town located five miles north of Storm Lake.
According to the release, a person told police of responding to a Facebook advertisement on a house for sale and meeting with Sassman, who was allegedly using the alias of Dalton Fortymeyer. Police said the parties met twice over three days, and $1,800 was paid to Sassman as a down payment for the house on Jan. 16.
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"The reporting party through their own research became concerned on the legitimacy of the real state contract they entered into," the release said.
Police said Sassman was not the owner of the property and had no authority to sell it. He was arrested on felony charges of second-degree fraudulent practices, second-degree theft and second-degree conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.
Sassman was booked into Buena Vista County Jail in Storm Lake.
Later on Friday, the police department reported a second person had been involved in the incident and arrested. Angel Askren, 19, of Schaller, Iowa, was arrested on the felony charge of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony.
Askren was held in the county jail.