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Encinitas man held on suspicion of passing counterfeit checks

February 13, 2011 |  7:16 pm

A 39-year-old man with a passport from the Caribbean island of Aruba has been arrested on suspicion of running a check forgery and counterfeiting ring from an office in the northern San Diego County suburb of Encinitas.

Damon Westmoreland was arrested after San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies discovered check-making materials and computer gear needed to duplicate checks at his Encinitas office and a home in nearby Solana Beach, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Information about 10 banks and a Nevada corporation was seized from the two locations, the Sheriff's Department said. Deputies served search warrants on the two locations after Westmoreland's landlord complained of receiving counterfeit rent checks.

Despite the Aruba passport, Westmoreland's "true identity is not yet determined," said Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Varnau.

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