A large number of people have had to remedy fraudulent charges that have appeared on their consumer credit reports
for the last two years because of Jackson, Mississippi resident Latesha Gunn, The Clarion-Ledger reported.
Now in jail two years after the first accusation was made against her, Gunn has been charged with one count of felony identity theft, but will end up facing multiple charges, the source confirms. The Clarion-Ledger explained that police officials have obtained evidence verifying 56 cases of identity fraud performed by Gunn, but upon further examination of the computers in her home, there is a possibility that the number could soar to 100 cases. This is not uncommon, a Javelin Strategy study found, as the occurrence of identity theft rose 13 percent in 2011, affecting nearly 12 million Americans. The report said that the rise in theft was due in part to the increasing usage of smartphones and social media. Sites like Facebook feature options for displaying personal information that can be used to steal identities. Latesha Gunn used Social Security numbers and birth dates to obtain cell phones, lines of credit and credit cards, The Clarion-Ledger reported, which she used to buy items from Amazon.com.