Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Yuma woman arrested in credit card fraud case
Investigators from the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman suspected of having stolen multiple credit card numbers and security codes and then passing them to an accomplice who allegedly used that information to make fraudulent purchases.
According to Capt. Eben Bratcher of the YCSO, deputies arrested 42-year-old Laurie Adey on Wednesday after an investigation into a separate case revealed she was allegedly involved in multiple counts of credit card fraud along with Pasquale Menyhert.
Bratcher said investigators had discovered that between January 2013 and approximately March 25, Adey, while employed as a waitress at Parrish’s Bar and Grill, had stolen multiple credit card numbers and security codes from customers. She is then believed to have given the stolen card information to Menyhert, who used that information to make fraudulent purchases.
Menyhert, 31, was arrested by the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force on March 19 on drug charges after a search warrant was served on a hotel room in which he was staying. During that search, several items of evidence were recovered that indicated Menyhert may have been involved in fraudulent schemes involving credit cards.
Sheriff’s office investigators were notified and initiated an investigation into the potential fraud, which eventually led to Adey’s arrest.Adey was booked into jail on felony charges of fraudulent schemes, credit card fraud and identity theft. Menyhert, who remains in custody at the Yuma County jail on the original drug charges, is now also facing additional charges of fraudulent schemes, credit card fraud and identity theft.
There are believed to be up to 20 victims in this case, all likely to have been customers at Parrish’s between January and March 2013.