- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has launched an internal investigation after a newspaper found a top-ranking official bought a stolen car from the owner of a towing company that contracts with the department.

Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans tells the Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/1ZgVJXz ) he had no idea he was driving a stolen car until more than a year after he bought it.

Rothans, the department’s third-ranking official, paid $3,000 for the 2012 Audi A4 last year. It was purchased from Lisa Vernola, a longtime friend who owns Vernola’s Towing in Norwalk.

The newspaper says the Audi had been seized from a suspected gang member at a drunken-driving checkpoint.

Rothans says he considered the transaction a private sale between himself and Vernola.

Rothans has returned the car.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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