A 53-year-old Yountville man was arrested at his home Sunday night on suspicion of embezzlement and related charges after he allegedly conned someone out of $65,000, authorities said.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted March 25 regarding the alleged fraud, Capt. Tracey Stuart said. Thomas Wallin allegedly convinced another person to give him $65,000 to invest in a joint winery venture, she said.
Wallin allegedly told the victim he would use the money to purchase two wineries, make improvements on the properties, then sell them for a profit, Stuart said.
In December, Wallin allegedly gave the victim a $25,000 check and a $15,000 check, both of which bounced, she said.
Detectives determined that Wallin never purchased wineries as promised and allegedly provided false paperwork to the alleged victim and used fake bank statements, Stuart said.
Wallin was booked into the Napa jail on suspicion of forgery, fraud and embezzlement, according to the booking report.