Bail set for auto repairman charged with theft

LOGAN — A 49-year-old man, Scott Dadah, who faces multiple felonies for theft and deception, will be allowed to post bail as he prepares for a preliminary hearing.

Dadah, who has several aliases including John Newman, allegedly operated an auto repair shop called Auto Doctor. Police originally arrested him after a woman claimed that he did repair work on her car, over billed her insurance company and then refused to return the vehicle.

During their investigation, detectives received additional allegations, including an employee who claimed he had not been paid in four-weeks. Another woman said she was hired by Dadah to work off her repair bill, even though the vehicle had been sold to another person.

Dadah appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. State attorney Barbara Lachmar said the defendant had so many cases pending, he should not be released. She also claimed he was a flight risk.

Public defender Mark McGinnis argued that he and the previous prosecutor assigned to the case, had agreed on setting bail at $15,000. Lachmar said she felt bound by the deal but asked the judge to order Dadah to have no contact with the victims.

Judge Brian Cannell set a preliminary hearing date for August 11, when prosecutors will present their evidence in the cases.

Dadah faces multiple counts of felony theft, theft by deception and money laundering, in addition to misdemeanor offenses of doing business without a license and providing false information to police.

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