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Man accused of renting out dozens of Hertz vehicles without contracts, pocketing thousands

Mug shot: Sean Patrick Dalton
Posted at 9:07 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 11:07:14-05

PARK CITY, Utah — Summit County investigators arrested a man last week in connection with a communications fraud investigation involving dozens of illegitimate car rentals.

According to a probable cause statement, 51-year-old Sean Patrick Dalton, a former employee of the Hertz rental car agency, is accused of renting out 35 vehicles without contracts and keeping cash payments for the rentals in 2020.

Hertz fired Dalton on November 23, but he continued to carry out illegitimate rentals after he was fired, the statement says.

"[Dalton] received payments from customers in cash, to his personal Wells Fargo Zelle account and also his personal Venmo account. At this time, I have statements, screenshots of text messages, screen shots of Zelle and Venmo transactions documenting the cash transactions between [Dalton] and six customers," an investigator wrote in the statement.

According to police, Hertz has recovered 21 of the 35 rented vehicles from areas around the country, but 14 are still missing.

On December 23, police staked out Dalton at his wife's Park City home, where they said they observed him getting into a Land Rover Discovery Sport that had been stolen from Hertz.

Officers stopped Dalton nearby and placed him under arrest. According to the probable cause statement, Dalton was also arrested in December 2017 for unlawful use of a financial transaction card and theft of services.