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Ponsford man gets jail for Craig’s List swindle

A Ponsford man was sentenced to 30 days in jail for a Craig’s List swindling case.

Brian William Tretbar, 33, was convicted of felony theft by swindle for a transaction that happened September 24, 2013.

According to the complaint filed with the Becker County Court, Tretbar sold a vehicle to a buyer through Craig’s List for $7,500.

Tretbar still owed $9,595.62 on the vehicle, and told the buyer he would pay the remaining $2,095.62 on it to satisfy the loan and secure the lien card for the buyer.

When the buyer still did not receive the lien card three weeks later, he questioned Tretbar on it, who then reportedly claimed to have paid it.

Investigators found he had made no such payments, but had cashed the buyer’s check.

Tretbar was fined $1,000 and was also sentenced to 10 years probation.