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State Police Arrested Dover Woman for Identity Theft

Date Posted: Sunday, September 17th, 2023

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Delaware State Police arrested 32-year-old Akiara Deshields of Dover, Delaware for identity theft and related charges on Friday evening.

On July 14, 2023, Delaware State Police were called to the 500 block of West Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware for a reported fraud. Upon arrival, the trooper learned a 51-year-old male victim of Millsboro, Delaware account at Fulton Bank had been fraudulently overdrawn and subject to closure. Financial Crimes Unit detective conducted further investigation and found several fraudulent transactions on the victim’s Fulton Bank account. Akiara Deshields was identified as the suspect who used the victim’s ATM card in and forged a fictitious check in the victim’s name. The 51-year-old male victim and Fulton Bank sustained undisclosed financial loss resulted from the fraudulent transactions.

An arrest warrant was issued for Akiara Deshields. On September 15, 2023, Georgetown Police Department came in contact with Deshields. She was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • Identity Theft (Felony)
  • Possession of Instruments Facilitating Identity Theft (Felony)
  • Forgery 2nd Degree (Felony)
  • Unlawful Use of Payment Card Over $1500 (Felony)
  • Attempted Theft by False Pretense over $1500 (Felony)
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Theft by False Pretense under $1500

Deshields was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was released on her own recognizance.

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