Maplewood License Office employee charged with using expired licenses to buy drugs

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 9:41 PM

ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A driver’s license office worker is accused of swiping customers’ licenses, then using the IDs to buy pseudoephedrine.

Investigators say Mary Busch, 38, is charged with 14 counts of forgery.

Between last November and January, Busch is accused of taking eight victim’s licenses that were turned in for renewal at the Maplewood License Office in Deer Creek Plaza.

Busch is accused of showing those licenses at various Walgreens pharmacies, and forging the victim’s names on electronic purchase logs that track the sale of pseudoephedrine.

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, but also a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

Police wrote in court records that Busch confessed to taking the licenses and using them to buy the pills.

Busch purchased the pills at 12 local Walgreens stores.

Police charged Busch on June 8 after police say she forged the names of eight women on electronic purchase logs between November and January.  Maplewood police arrested her on February 1 after a clerk from a Walgreens in Richmond Heights contacted one of the victims to ask if she was trying to buy pseudoephedrine.  That victim then contacted police. 

Police are unsure whether Busch was using the pseudoephedrine to make meth or sell it.  Her bail has been set at $15,000.

The license office is independently owned and licensed by the State of Missouri.

When News 4 went to the office Tuesday, workers told us they couldn’t comment.

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