Charges: Man Faked Son’s Death To Get Out Of Work

HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) — A Rockford, Minn. man is accused of faking his son’s death in order to avoid doing work he’d been paid to perform.

According to the criminal complaint, William Jack Dauchenbaugh, 40, was paid about $3,000 by someone who had hired him to install a pole barn.

The charges state that Dauchenbaugh repeatedly told the victim that he had people set to build the pole barn, but work was never completed.

At one point, he allegedly told the victim his son had died in Texas and he had to go there to deal with it. Investigators determined that his son was alive and well.

Dauchenbaugh has been charged with three felony counts of swindle, theft and false representation.

  • Me

    ummmmmm…not quite “faking” his death

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  • grannycb

    I agree, Me. He lied about the death but that’s not the same as faking a death. Come on, ‘CCO.

  • Bluepmil

    At least you got a great deal for building a pole barn.

  • Billy

    I agree, what is wrong with WCCO?????

  • Sgt

    what a du m b a$$

  • Turbocharged 4g63t

    Ok i dont get all the bashing that occurs on news sites from WCCO to other news sites. If you dont like the reporting, then why comment on it/ I dont get why ppl waste there energy typing a complaint over an error that so small its not even really a mistake.

  • Someone who knows

    Look out for him he is the biggest con there is. Almost lost everything. On several dating sites and ads on craigs list. He is now in Iowa living with his mom in Denver in her mobile home. He prays on single women and is very abusive. He also lies to people and you dont figure it out until its to late.


    Also check Oklahoma

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