On Friday, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Deirdre M. Daly, announced that a 36-year-old New Haven, Connecticut woman had pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft offenses. According to court documents and statements, Leshanda Long stole the identity of another individual and used the identity to obtain a credit card, rent a vehicle, pay personal expenses, and obtain cash advances in August of 2016.
A bank’s surveillance video captured Long obtaining cash advances, while attempting to disguise herself with sunglasses and an orange scarf. Authorities searched the defendant’s residence and discovered both items, as well as the personal identifying material belonging to the victim. Authorities also discover the fraudulently obtained credit card.
Long has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. She also pleaded to one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive term of two years in prison. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced in Hartford, Connecticut on December 11, 2017.