Fresno woman arrested on 224 felony charges

Woman arrested on identity theft, burglary charges

FRESNO, Calif. - Deputies with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fresno woman on 224 counts of identity theft and burglary charges. 

         The investigation began in March 2012 when deputies investigated a financial elder abuse case in which a care provider was suspected of stealing checks and credit cards from an elderly client. 

         As the investigation continued, 45-year-old Leisha Nelson, was implicated as the primary suspect in the investigation, as well as several other crimes at multiple locations between Visalia and Sacramento.

         At this point, Sheriff’s detectives were assisted by investigators from the Fresno DA’s Office, and detectives from Fresno PD. 

         Search warrants were served at two different locations, one of which was Nelson’s home.  During the search, detectives said they seized a computer, a check making program, media storage devices containing identities and account numbers belonging to several victims, along with checks and false ID’s.

         It was learned that, at the beginning of the investigation, Nelson was awaiting trial on offenses committed in 2008, 2009, and 2010, including several counts of identity theft, grand theft, and commercial burglary.

         The investigation continued and, at the conclusion, 61 victims were identified which resulted in the filing of the 224 counts against Nelson.  On Oct 17, a warrant was issued for Nelson’s arrest with a bail set at just under $5,000,000. 

         On the morning of Oct 25th, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshalls, Nelson was arrested without incident at her residence located in the 4500 block of W. Dayton Ave in Fresno.

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