LOGAN — A warrant has been issued for a former Logan auto repairman who was convicted of stealing more than $8,000 from customers and employees. Scott Dadah has reportedly been on the run since being released from the Utah State Prison on parole.
Dadah was scheduled to appear in 1st District Court Tuesday morning for a restitution hearing, to determine how much money he has repaid his victims. He previously pleaded guilty to four counts of felony theft by deception; one count of theft and two misdemeanors.
Public defender Mike McGinnis asked to be withdrawn from the case, saying that he hadn’t had any contact with Dadah. Cache County deputy attorney Barbara Lachmar also told the court that the defendant hadn’t made any restitution payments to the victims.
Judge Brian Cannell granted McGinnis’ motion and issued a no bail warrant for Dadah’s arrest.
Dadah, who has several aliases including John Newman, allegedly operated an auto repair shop called Auto Doctor. Police originally arrested him in 2016, 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.
In November 2016, Judge Cannell sentenced Dadah to an indeterminate term of no more than five-years in prison and gave him credit for the time he had already served in jail. As part of the sentence, Dadah was ordered to pay back the victims after being released.