SALT LAKE CITY — A man being investigated for fraud in connection with what turned out to be bogus planned appearances in Utah by Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has been charged in Wyoming with possessing a stolen car.

Adrain Paul Swensen, 39, was stopped midday Thursday in Rawlins, Wyoming, for speeding in a car reported stolen by Mark Barnes, the attorney for The Wave, a coworking space and social club for women in Salt Lake City, according to charging documents.

Swensen, going by the name Adrian Hebdon, had purported to be part of Harris’ fundraising team and said the California senator would appear at a July 17 luncheon at the club and at a campaign fundraiser that evening.

Harris’ campaign notified The Wave earlier this week the events were never on her schedule.

Salt Lake police detective Michael Ruff said the stolen vehicle case has been turned over to law enforcement in Wyoming, but the fraud allegations surrounding the Harris events are still being investigated.

“It will probably take a while to sort through,” Ruff said.

The club’s CEO, Joanna Smith, said the man she knew as Hebdon had borrowed the car and not returned it. He told the Deseret News earlier this week …read more

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