Michael David Heideman, 42, Waterloo, Iowa, was charged with one felony count of theft by swindle in the Morrison County District Court.
In November 2011, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received a fraud complaint from a Little Falls car dealership. The complaint said Heideman has purchased a Dodge Ram truck for $23,500 Sept. 16, 2011, and had put down $2,500 toward the purchase price on a credit card. For the balance, he had written out a check in the amount of $21,000.
The complaint said Heideman had stopped payment on the check Sept. 19, 2011.
The owner of the dealership said he had spoken to Heideman several times. During one conversation, Heideman had allegedly said he was nervous about buying a truck out of state and wanted the title in his hands. In another conversation, he said he did not have the money to pay for the truck. Allegedly, he said he would get a loan, but never did.
According to the criminal complaint, a notice and demand for payment was sent, but Heideman never responded.
When the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reached Heideman, he told the officer he did not like the way the deal went down, so he stopped payment on the check. He was informed he still had to pay for the truck.
If convicted, Heideman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.