Scott Marks 2:48 p.m., May 23
Convicted Temecula con man is filing appeals
Hawaiian prosecutor is "very interested," according to local attorney
A convicted con man has filed motions appealing his conviction and for reconsideration of sentence and to return property that was seized during his arrest, according to attorneys.
Tyler Adams, now 40, was sentenced to 14 years prison last November, after he admitted 48 felonies in connection with a multi-million-dollar fraud spree in Southern California.
The convicted felon now has an attorney working appeals for his case, while he does time in Chino State Prison. Temecula criminal defense attorney Elisabeth Bowman is most recently assisting Tyler Adams.
Adams was arrested in 2009 and signed his guilty plea in 2012. The convicted con man was acting as his own attorney when he signed the paperwork admitting his crimes; this occurred the same week his case was set for jury trial, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.
Sentencing was in November 2012, before Judge Robert Kearney, who took Adams’ plea with “no deals from district attorney’s office, no deals from the court.” The defendant had 6 years total “custody credits” at the time of his sentencing.
Adams used the identities of his mom and dad to run up more than $3 million in debt, according to a financial crimes specialist, Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn.
Prosecutor Anna Winn said Adams used the identities of his elderly parents to buy properties in Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla and downtown San Diego – while the retired couple lived modestly in a mobile home in Pennsylvania. Adams’ fraudulent activities began in California in 2006, and he was arrested in San Diego County in 2009, according to the prosecutor.
While he was a fugitive, in 2008 and 2009, Tyler Adams reportedly lived in Hawaii; he has been accused of defrauding banks there of $130,000. He used the name Kevin Kennedy and other aliases, according to a prosecutor quoted in news sources there. “I do not know when California will release Tyler to Hawaiian authorities, but the Hawaiian prosecuor is very interested in having Adams extradited asap,” San Diego County prosecutor Anna Winn recently said.