Fake ID operation busted in Cornville, 3 arrested

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(From left) Rhonda Engel, David Bukowski and Dennis Berry By Christina O'Haver (From left) Rhonda Engel, David Bukowski and Dennis Berry By Christina O'Haver
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CORNVILLE, Ariz. -- Three people were arrested last week after authorities discovered equipment used to make IDs in several rooms at a Yavapai County resort.

Information obtained from a man sheriff's deputies arrested led them to the Highland Resorts in Cornville.

David Bukowski, 25, was pulled over on Feb. 4 for displaying an expired registration. He provided a Colorado driver's license with the name "Bill Benjamin," YCSO said. A check of the license number revealed no record and the deputy determined the license was likely a fake.

Bukowski eventually admitted his true name which he did not want to disclose because of a warrant. The deputy also found he possessed marijuana, YCSO said. Additional fake identifications were located in his vehicle along with an empty firearm box.

Bukowski later admitted to using an Internet program to create fake IDs while staying at a local resort with his mom, Ronda Engel, and her boyfriend, Dennis Berry, sheriff's investigators said.

He was arrested on charges including an outstanding arrest warrant, several counts of forgery, possession of a forged instrument, assuming a false identity and possession of marijuana. He remains in custody in Camp Verde on an $18,000 bond.

The next day, deputies located two adjoining rooms at the Highland Resorts, where Bukowski indicated he was creating fake IDs. Engel and Berry were detained.

Deputies found two handguns along with various drugs. The rooms were secured and a search warrant was obtained by YCSO detectives.

Detectives located a printer, computer and associated equipment used to create fake IDs. Detectives said they also found evidence involving the production of counterfeit $100 bills connected to Bukowski, along with receipts from area Cottonwood businesses showing the purchase of items with those bills.

Numerous counterfeit bills in various stages of production were seized. Detectives also recovered marijuana, methamphetamine and various prescription medications.

Detectives have verified the counterfeit bills were used in at least four Cottonwood-area businesses.

Engel, 50, of Cornville, was arrested on charges including possession of a deadly weapon during a felony and possession of marijuana. She has since been released on a $1,000 bond.

Berry, 49, of Chino Valley, was charged with misconduct involving weapons and possession of marijuana. He remains in custody on a $1,000 bond.