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An assistant girls’ softball coach at Cardinal Newman High School and a Santa Rosa man have been arrested on suspicion of grand theft for allegedly promising discounts on electronics and tickets to sporting events that were never delivered, a Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant said. The coach, Tammy Faagata, 39, of Windsor, and 43-year-old Aaron Averbuck, also known as Komodo Tamakoa of Santa Rosa, were arrested Tuesday,Lt. Steve Brown said.
Both posted bail and were released from the Sonoma County jail. They are scheduled to be arraigned May 14. Lt. Dennis O’Leary said Faagata and Averbuck worked as a team, but Averbuck played a larger role in the alleged scam and Faagata cashed some of the checks they received. Averbuck also was arrested for burglary, Brown said. “It was very sophisticated,” O’Leary said.
Averbuck presented himself as an athletic coach and attended many high school sporting events in Sonoma County, Brown said. He used different methods and ruses to gain trust and promised to get discounts at Best Buy for computers, cellphones and televisions, O’Leary said. He also collected money for trips to sporting and other events in Las Vegas, Brown said.
The victims paid for the goods and services but never received them, Brown said.Averbuck also claimed he worked for sporting agencies, including the Oakland Raiders, NASCAR, the Playboy Mansion, and said he was a bodyguard for celebrities, Brown said.”He talked to kids about working out in front of professional scouts,” O’Leary said.Averbuck has victimized several youths and their parents from Little League level to college level sports,” Brown said.
Some of the alleged victims were students at Cardinal Newman High School and Sonoma State University, O’Leary said. Two more alleged victims have contacted the sheriff’s office since news about the arrests scam was released today, O’Leary said.Anyone who believes they have been victimized is asked to call Detective Tony King at (707) 565-2995.
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