Suspect held on $100K bond in ID theft case

A man accused of identity theft and credit card fraud is being held in Yuma County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond. That is in addition to a $20,000 bond he is already being heldĀ on stemming from drug charges in a separate case.

Pasquale Mykal Menyhert, 31, was arrested March 19 after officers with the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on a room he was renting at a Howard Johnson Hotel.

The officers allegedly seized about 3.8 grams of methamphetamine during the raid in addition to financial and personal documents and credit card information not belonging to Menyhert.

The stolen documents were later linked to 42-year-old Laurie Adey, who was arrested Wednesday.

According to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Adey, while employed as a waitress at Parrish’s Bar Grill, had stolen multiple credit card numbers and security codes from at least 20 victims between January and March 2013. She is then believed to have given the stolen information to Menyhert, who used it to make fraudulent purchases.

Adey will appear in court before Judge Gregory Stewart at 1 p.m. Friday.

Menyhert will appear in court at 1 p.m. Monday. At that time he could be charged with several felonies including fraudulent schemes and artifices, taking the identity of another, trafficking ID with unlawful intent, and theft and control of a credit card.

By law, state prosecutors have two working days to review police reports and to speak with law enforcement and any alleged victims to decide if they will bring formal charges against Menyhert.

Anyone who has discovered fraudulent charges on their credit card after having been a patron at Parrish’s Bar Grill is asked to contact Investigator McDade of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 783-4427 or 819-2206.

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