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Credit Card Forgery Scheme Discovered During Drug Investigation

28 March 2019  
Credit cards, drugs and more.

On March 24, 2019, just before 10 PM, 36-year-old Cassie Hall from Chino Valley was arrested for two warrants along with the following charges- Possession of Dangerous Drugs (x2), Transfer of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Taking Identity of Another Person, and Refusing to Provide Truthful Name. She remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. 

 Also arrested around the same time was 31-year-old Andrew Busch from Williams, Arizona. His charges include Possession of Dangerous Drugs (x2), Transport of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Aggravated Taking Identity of Another, Criminal Possession of Forgery Device, and Unlawful Possession or Use of Scanning Device. He also remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. 

Background - Around 9 PM on March 24, 2019, deputies were dispatched to the McDonald’s restaurant in Cordes Junction, Arizona, regarding reports of a woman offering drugs in exchange for a ride to Prescott Valley. Deputies arrived and located the woman described in the call and when she saw them, she attempted to walk away but was eventually detained and gave deputies a fake name. Her true name, Cassie Hall, was later confirmed. During a discussion about the reason for the call, Hall told deputies she was concerned about her friend’s medical issue who was seated in a nearby car. He checked ok and was identified as Andrew Busch. A witness confirmed with deputies that Hall had offered ecstasy in exchange for a ride. 

Hall was carrying a backpack at the time of the contact and had tried to place the pack in the vehicle with Busch when deputies initially spoke to her. Concerned it likely contained contraband, deputies requested permission to search and Hall refused. Hall continued to provide a false name and birthdate while claiming she was from Texas. Due to her refusal to provide a true name during a lawful detention, Hall was arrested and her backpack searched as part of the pending booking inventory. Inside the pack, deputies found marijuana, a glass meth pipe, a gram of meth and several pills which Hall admitted were ecstasy. Once her true name was discovered, 2 local warrants were verified. 

Speaking with Busch, deputies requested permission to search his vehicle. He refused, and as a result, a DPS K9 was requested, deployed, and alerted on the vehicle. Checking for the source of the odor, deputies found about 1 ounce of meth and several small ‘bindle’ baggies indicating drug sales. Deputies also located what appeared to be GHB. This liquid is known with the simple name gamma-hydroxybutyrate, which has become best known in media as a “date-rape” drug.

Deputies also discovered paper used to make forged credit cards, 5 forged driver’s licenses with pictures of Busch on 3 of them under different names, and 20 blank credit cards with magnetic strips. Also found were a Master Card in the process of being completed and 21 cards with Busch’s name embossed on them, a ledger containing 15 names and addresses of individuals, a card scanner allowing transfer of data to the forged cards, a computer and embossing equipment. It was readily apparent that Busch was involved in a credit card forgery scheme. 

This credit card forgery aspect remains under investigation as deputies are working leads regarding victim identification and areas in Arizona where Busch used the forged cards and identifications.  

If anyone has additional information on these suspects, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 and refer to case 19-010053. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 

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Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator

Website: www.ycsoaz.gov