Sentencing postponed for auto repairman guilty of theft and deception

LOGAN — Sentencing for an auto repairman, Scott Dadah, has been postponed for three weeks. The 49-year-old man who previously pleaded guilty to multiple felonies of theft and deception, filed two motions requesting new legal counsel, and to change his plea.

Dadah appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. Judge Brian Cannell told him that he couldn’t proceed with sentencing, due to a presentence report that hadn’t been completed by Adult Probation and Parole and the filed motions.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said there had already been plenty of time to complete the report since Dadah pleaded guilty on August 11. He asked for him to be released in the meantime, arguing that keeping him in jail violated his right to a speedy trial.

State attorney Barbara Lachmar said the delay was unfortunate but told the court that Dadah has a criminal record in 13 states. She called him a flight risk and danger to the community.

Dadah, who has several aliases including John Newman, 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. He remains in the Cache County Jail on $5,000 bail.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Cannell denied to release Dadah because of the three separate cases against him. He rescheduled sentencing for October 18 and ordered him to appear on Thursday to argue his motions.

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