California man receives prison in credit card fraud
Minden, Nev. — A California man, who admitted Tuesday he has been in prison five times and has been an addict all his life, was sentenced to 24-60 months in Nevada prison.
Scott Michael Westman, 45, told District Judge Tod Young that he’d been clean for nine years and was nearly done with his bachelor’s degree in sociology when he had trouble with statistics.
“I didn’t pass statistics and I decided to use drugs,” he said.
Attorney Matthew Ence said Westman had been sentenced in Carson City in connection with the same scheme, in which he used a forged credit card to purchase $3,834 in bicycle equipment from a Gardnerville shop in 2013.
He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in Douglas County District Court before going to Carson City to face similar charges there.
Westman is in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections. He is due for his first parole hearing on the Carson case slightly more than a year from now, Ence said.
Young gave Westman concurrent time for the incident in Douglas County, saying the letters he’d received from family members made the difference.
“With a record like yours, it would not be unusual for you to spend 10 years in prison,” Young said.
Three different cases showing Westman had prior felonies in California were admitted in evidence. Because of the priors, Westman wasn’t eligible for probation.
Prosecutors in both Carson City and Douglas County agreed that Westman’s sentences should be served simultaneously. He was given credit for 347 days time served since his original arrest in California in April 4, 2014.
According to court documents, Westman has burglary convictions in California from 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001.