Fresno woman faces multiple identity theft charges

FRESNO, Calif.—A 45-year-old Fresno woman is facing identity theft and burglary charges involving 61 people who live between Visalia and Sacramento.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Leisha Nelson remained jailed on $4.8 million bail Monday following her arrest on 224 felony counts Thursday.

Authorities say Nelson first came to their attention in March when they identified her as a suspect in the case of an elderly person who allegedly had credit cards and checks stolen by a care provider.

During a search of her home and another location, sheriff’s investigators found data storage devices containing the names and bank accounts of several other people and fake ID cards.

Sonia De La Rosa, a spokeswoman for the Fresno County district attorney, says Nelson asked Monday to delay her arraignment until Wednesday.

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