Trail of forged checks, thefts sends former Adams County EMT to prison

William Tournear
Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 10:31 pm Updated: Nov. 13, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man serving probation for falsifying timecards when he worked as an Adams County emergency medical technician recently was sent to prison on a forgery charge.

William R. Tournear, 30, was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Sept. 26 by Judge William Mays. Tournear pleaded guilty to one count of forgery and had a theft charge dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Tournear opted against having a pre-sentence investigation done and was sent to prison.

Tournear admitted to forging checks from his employer, Top to Bottom Detail, 311 N. 12th. According to the statement of facts filed with the case, Tournear forged the signature of the business owner and cashed the checks at a local bank. As part of the plea agreement, Tournear will have to pay $6,607.72 to Top to Bottom.

In a separate case that was combined for sentencing purposes, Tournear was charged with theft after stealing funds from a local bowling league. He must repay $4,200 to Casino Lanes. According to court documents, Tournear was the treasurer for the Thursday Night Men's League at Casino Lanes, 1201 N. 20th, from Oct. 13, 2011, through March 29, 2012. Tournear failed to pay out the winnings for the bowlers in the league, saying he had already spent the money.

As an Adams County Ambulance Service EMT, Tournear was sentenced to 48 months of probation on Oct. 7, 2011, after he pleaded guilty to theft of more than $10,000. Tournear worked as an EMT for about five years before he was arrested in March 2011. Authorities said Ambulance Service Director Paul Davis noticed "irregularities" in Tournear's timecards over a period of several years, and Tournear confessed to falsifying them after being questioned by law enforcement.

Tournear was ordered to pay $35,837.50 in restitution to the Ambulance Service. Court records show he has repaid less than $3,000 of that total and hasn't made a payment since January. He was unsuccessfully discharged from probation in the case.

Tournear is currently being lodged at the Graham Correctional Facility in Hillsboro. His projected parole date is Sept. 10, 2015.