In San Diego County and elsewhere theft and identity theft cases are on the rise. Recently, in the Vista Superior Court, Juanita Williams plead guilty to commercial burglary and other identity theft charges and is looking at a thirty-two month prison sentence.
Ms. Williams charged about $10,000 dollars worth of computer equipment and other office supplies to the Vista Chamber of Commerce by posing as a Chamber of Commerce representative.
San Diego Sheriff Deputies in the financial crimes unit were investigating the unauthorized charges after Chamber officials reported a series of unauthorized purchases on their Staples account.
During their investigation, San Diego Sheriff Deputies learned that Ms. Williams had fraudulently bought computer hardware, software and prepaid gift cards from retail stores in San Diego, San Marcos, Vista and Hemet by providing identification numbers, passwords and similar data thereby convincing the retailer’s she was an approved buyer.