Man faces identity theft charges
July 12, 2014
A California man is being held in Douglas County Jail on identity theft charges.
Scott Michael Westman, 44, was extradited on a Douglas County warrant that alleges he used a credit card he applied for in someone else's name to buy a $3,834 bicycle and gear from a Gardnerville shop on Aug. 8, 2013.
Westman appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Friday morning.
According to court documents, the bicycle shop owner received a phone call from someone claiming to be the owner of the credit card.
The owner confirmed the card number and verified the man's identity from his drivers license and social security card.
Deputies contacted the victim of the identity theft who said he didn't have the Trex card used to buy the bicycle or any of the other seven credit cards opened in his name.
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Westman was arrested by Carson City authorities a week later for allegedly taking people's identities and creating fake identification.
Carson City deputies went to a Carson hotel on Aug. 14 after receiving a phone call from Colorado Springs authorities to help in an identity theft case. Authorities searched Westman's hotel room and allegedly found card-lamination equipment, a printer, an envelope containing various ID cards, Passport pages, driver's license templates, a tablet computer, two laptop computers and four hard drives.
Westman told East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins that his family had hired a lawyer to represent him and waived his right to a hearing within 15 days. Perkins set a July 23 hearing.
Westman is being held in lieu of $66,000 bail.