Fresno Woman Arrested on 224 Counts of Identity Theft, Burglary

Angela Greenwood, KSEE24 News

October 30, 2012

Updated Oct 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM PDT

A Fresno woman is behind bars suspected of committing more than 200 felonies. The arrest came after a nearly eight month long investigation.

The Fresno District Attorney’s Office tell us this is one of the biggest cases it’s ever had against a single person.

45-year-old Leisha Nelson was arrested on 224 counts of identity theft and burglary. She’s accused of stealing checks and credit cards from at least 61 victims between Chico and Visalia.

During a search of Nelson’s home, detectives seized a computer, a check making software program, checks and false identifications.

The investigation stemmed from an elder financial abuse case back in March. Authorities say a care provider stole checks and credit cards from an elderly victim. Nelson apparently knew the provider and got a hold of the items.

The District Attorney’s complaint shows Nelson also hit the Well-Being Chiropractic Group in Fresno and Baker Commodities in Hanford, as well as several local Walmart stores.

Deputy Chris Curtice from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said, “That’s a lot of counts and the fact that the District Attorney’s Office went and filed that many counts tells you what kind of case this is. But this is one case and this has just been since this last year and this type of thing goes on every single day.”

Nelson was already awaiting trial for 25 counts of identity, grand theft and burglary spanning from 2008 to 2010. A pretrial hearing for those charges will be held Wednesday, and her arraignment for the new charges is also scheduled at the same time.

Nelson is being held on $4.8 million bond.

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