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Convicted burglar accused of forging blind man’s checks

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Westmark

A 24-year-old Topaz Ranch Estates man convicted of burglary two years ago, is accused of forging and cashing checks worth $1,230 from the account of a blind man.

Adam William Westmark is charged with two felonies: grand larceny against a person 60 or older, or against a vulnerable person; and forgery against a person 60 or older or against a vulnerable person.

According to the criminal complaint, the crimes allegedly occurred May 1 through May 24.



Westmark is accused of making a half dozen checks out to himself on the victim’s Wells Fargo account, forging the man’s signature and cashing them.

According to the sheriff’s report, Westmark admitted committing the offense.



He was arrested Tuesday, and appeared before East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on Friday.

Perkins appointed Derrick Lopez to represent Westmark who said he recently got fired from his job.

Westmark pleaded guilty to burglary in 2011 along with codefendant Jakob Green, admitting he took tools and other items from residences in Topaz Ranch Estates and the TRE general improvement district.

He was ordered to complete the Nevada state prison regimental discipline program and placed on probation.

Westmark and his codefendant were suspects in one business and four residential burglaries in the TRE area in December 2010 and January 2011. Between $15,000-$20,000 in stolen tools and miscellaneous items were recovered.

Investigators recovered a wood splitter, plasma cutter, a water pump that belonged to Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District, DVDs and other tools.