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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

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Friday, December 13, 2019

New York Parolee Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Credit Card Manufacturing Equipment

Jacksonville, Florida – Changa Bush (41, New York) has pleaded guilty to possession of credit card manufacturing equipment. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, plus an additional penalty for violating his parole. Bush is currently on parole out of New York for assault causing serious physical injury; he has been detained since his arrest on September 6, 2019. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court records, on April 12, 2019, a deputy from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office began following a stolen vehicle being driven by Bush. Bush eventually pulled the car into a gas station, parked, and the deputies made contact with him. During his subsequent arrest, law enforcement seized credit cards from Bush that were in the names of various individuals, along with counterfeit forms of identification matching the names on the credit cards. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement recovered a magnetic stripe card writer and reader, two laptops, three thumb drives, a long-range wireless adapter, and nine cell phones. 

A subsequent forensic examination of the seized items by the United States Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force located 37 credit card account numbers, software used to encode and decode the magnetic strips of credit cards, and evidence of the installation of printers designed for printing identification cards.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service (Jacksonville Field Office) and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Frein.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated December 13, 2019