Delaware Woman Arrested for Identity Theft and Related Offenses

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

The incident traces back to July 14, 2023, when Delaware State Police responded to a reported fraud in the 500 block of West Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a 51-year-old male resident of Millsboro, Delaware, who held an account at Fulton Bank, had fallen victim to fraudulent activity resulting in an overdrawn account and subsequent closure. The Financial Crimes Unit delved into the matter and uncovered several unauthorized transactions on the victim’s Fulton Bank account. Akiara Deshields was identified as the suspect who had utilized the victim’s ATM card and forged a fictitious check in his name. The victim and Fulton Bank incurred undisclosed financial losses due to the fraudulent transactions.

A warrant for the arrest of Akiara Deshields was subsequently issued. On September 15, 2023, the Georgetown Police Department encountered Deshields, leading to her arrest. She now faces a series of charges:

1. Identity Theft (Felony)

2. Possession of Instruments Facilitating Identity Theft (Felony)

3. Forgery 2nd Degree (Felony)

4. Unlawful Use of Payment Card Over $1500 (Felony)

5. Attempted Theft by False Pretense over $1500 (Felony)

6. Criminal Impersonation

7. Theft by False Pretense under $1500

Deshields appeared before Justice of the Peace Court 3 for arraignment and was subsequently released on her own recognizance.