A 27-year-old La Crescenta man who allegedly posed as an automobile dealer faces a preliminary hearing next week on charges that he bilked five people who wanted to buy foreign cars out of $95,000.
Daniel Ernest Rosendahl was arrested Friday and is being held on $50,000 bail at Los Angeles County Jail, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Thate said.
Rosendahl is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Glendale Municipal Court on four counts of grand theft and one count each of perjury and impersonation, said Bill Hall, senior special investigator at the Glendale office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Rosendahl does not have the required state license to sell automobiles for profit, the DMV said.
Hall said Rosendahl's arrest at a Hollywood apartment was the culmination of a 10-month investigation by DMV officials.
During the past several years, Rosendahl posed as an automobile dealer by distributing flyers and placing newspaper advertisements claiming that he could inexpensively buy foreign automobiles and then have work done on the cars to meet California vehicle standards, Hall said.