Accused con artist arrested in Aberdeen

An accused con artist was arrested in Aberdeen Saturday night in possession of a stolen vehicle and in the company of a woman reported missing in Minnesota. They were both arrested and booked into Grays Harbor County Jail.

At about 11:20 p.m., a Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2011 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on Hwy 12 near Sargent Blvd. in Aberdeen. The driver, a 49-year-old man, claimed to be a retired Marine Corps colonel, but said he lost his license and had no identification for himself or the vehicle.

The vehicle had Minnesota license plates, but deputies determined through the Vehicle Identification Number it had been stolen in Alabama. They also learned the man had a felony warrant in Minnesota for Theft by Swindle, which alleged the man had taken thousands of dollars from numerous victims through deception. The accusations include the man posing as a lawyer and taking money from victims for legal representation, as well as claiming to be an executive for Chevron and taking money from another victim supposedly for travel expenses.

The man’s 25-year-old female passenger had been reported missing, but appeared to be with him willingly. Both were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, and are currently held in the county jail. Bail has not yet been set.