If You Are Smarter
In phone conversations with Tyler, Donald said he was eventually made to understand that Bonnie was a dumb country girl and that he was a stupid blue-collar worker. His stepson explained that if you are smarter than someone else and you take advantage of that person, then that’s just the way it is. As if there’s nothing wrong with it.
Donald said he tried phoning law enforcement in the Temecula area in June 2007.
Finally, in October 2007, Donald was steered to an attorney, and together they revoked the power of attorney that Donald had granted his wheeling-dealing stepson.
Published reports indicate Tyler fled to Hawaii in 2007, and he lived there through 2008. He reportedly lived in the expensive Honolulu neighborhood of Kahala, where he went by Kevin Kennedy — and four other names. After some time, a grand jury in Oahu indicted the multi-named man for stealing $130,000 from Hawaiian banks; he reportedly registered four fake businesses and a charity in that state and then opened bank accounts for each. All this was reported in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, which quoted a prosecutor who described Tyler Adams as “a con man, a sociopath who had no regard for the victims’ property or those who might be affected by his criminal activity.”
Fraud investigators in San Diego County got an arrest warrant for Tyler in July 2009. After months of searching, they found him moving his belongings out of one of his properties in La Jolla. In November 2009, he was taken into custody.
Donald flew out from Pennsylvania to testify in the Vista courthouse in June 2011. In the three-day preliminary hearing, the prosecutor showed Donald many documents; he said, “No, that is not my signature” probably 30 times.
Deputy district attorney Anna Winn said the prodigal stepson purchased multiple properties using the identities of both parents and collected more than $180,000 in commissions alone because he posed as both a loan officer and a real estate agent. Tyler never made any payments, and he defaulted on at least five mortgages, Winn alleged. Tyler collected rent from tenants at some of the properties and pocketed the money, the prosecutor said. He also opened up credit lines to buy clothing and computers and to charge common living expenses such as groceries and gasoline.
Tyler faces more than 39 years in prison if he is convicted of all 48 felonies in the current complaint. As the months have gone by since his arrest in 2009, the deputy district attorney has added more charges. The defendant’s trial has been delayed in part because he tried acting as his own attorney. “He’s given me more time to work on it,” prosecutor Winn said with a smile. While Tyler was acting as his own attorney, he filed motions that stated, “This was a monetary dispute civil matter amongst family members from the very beginning.”
Tyler is pleading not guilty now through a public defender. He is currently scheduled to go on trial on September 19. “I do think the case will go to trial,” said Winn. “If Tyler takes the stand, I know he will try his best to come up with some innocent explanations, but I think the evidence of his criminal intent is obvious. Actions speak louder than words, after all.”