Trial by judge sought

A man accused of using fake credit cards to purchase auto parts has asked to be tried by judge alone in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench. Josil Cabuhat, 32, was arrested on June 30 by Red Deer-area RCMP officers investigating multiple complaints of a man using fake and prepaid credit cards to obtain tires and other auto parts from stores in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail.

A man accused of using fake credit cards to purchase auto parts has asked to be tried by judge alone in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

Josil Cabuhat, 32, was arrested on June 30 by Red Deer-area RCMP officers investigating multiple complaints of a man using fake and prepaid credit cards to obtain tires and other auto parts from stores in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail.

Red Deer City RCMP allege finding about $20,000 worth of goods as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine after searching a vehicle and a home in relation to their investigation.

Cabuhat is charged with fraud over $5,000, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of property obtained by crime.

In Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday, defence council Molly McVey said her client has decided to fight the charges and asked for a preliminary hearing before going to trial.

Preliminary hearings may be held to determine the strength of the Crown’s case.

Cabuhat’s preliminary hearing is set for three days, starting on July 29, 2014.