Western Nevada College professor convicted in theft of vehicle

A retired Carson City college professor was convicted Monday of stealing a vehicle donated to Western Nevada College.

Jack Andersen, 63, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. In exchange for the plea, the Attorney General's Office dismissed charges of felony obtaining money under false pretenses and possession of stolen property.

According to court records, Andersen was the division chair for business and industry at WNC from 2001 to 2007. Before that he was an automotive professor.

In February 2008, a Carson City woman donated a 1991 Ford Explorer to the school for automotive students to work on.

Andersen told the school he was taking the vehicle to a junkyard, then sent a letter to the donor claiming he purchased the vehicle from the school and he needed her to sign over the title to him, according to an investigation report by Dale Leibherr, deputy chief criminal investigator for the Attorney General's Office.

The scheme came to light when the donor later called the school to ask for a letter acknowledging her donation and there was no record of it, Leibherr stated.

Andersen then registered the vehicle in his name.

During an interview with the investigator, Andersen stated he took the vehicle "as a way of getting back at WNC for forcing him to retire early," the report states.

Carson City District Judge Todd Russell sentenced Andersen to one day time served and a $1,000 fine.

Andersen retired from the college in June or July 2008 prior to the charges being filed, court records indicate.


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