Marshals, DA’s office arrest local evangelist
by Rachel Davis
Sep 08, 2012 | 9873 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigators with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, along with members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force and Parrish Police, arrested Kenneth Drake Busby, 30, on four charges of theft by deception.

Busby was indicted by a grand jury in January of this year, and an arrest warrant issued.

“The writ of arrest had remained outstanding for some months,” District Attorney Bill Adair said.

According to Adair, new investigator Carey Scruggs, who was recently hired to investigate business crimes, was able to enlist the help of Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith and the federal marshals to arrest Busby this week in Parrish.

“I’m very proud of the work Carey Scruggs and others involved in our office did on this case,” Adair said.

Adair said the theft by deception involved a fraudulent ministry run by Busby.

The alleged theft occurred in November of 2011.

Busby allegedly took more than $50,000 from local author Edie Hand and her Hand in Hand Advertising Agency and more than $15,000 from Kristi Poss.

“It was a very unfortunate situation that happened to my niece and I,” Hand said Friday via phone. “The DA’s office has been great, and I just hope justice will be served.”

According to Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey, Busby was booked into the Walker County Jail on two counts of first-degree theft of property, two counts of second-degree theft of property and failure to appear on a charge of negotiating a worthless negotiable instrument.

A property bond of $60,000 was assessed for the theft charges and a $300 cash bond was issued on the failure to appear charge.

Busby bonded out of Walker County Jail on Thursday and was transported to Jefferson County Jail for outstanding warrants in that county. Jefferson County is holding Busby on charges of negotiating worthless negotiable instruments and a probation violation for a previous charge for negotiating worthless negotiable instruments cash.

The bond for those charges totals $2,800.