Deputies have arrested a woman for warrants on several financial crimes after officials said she provided tax services and stole financial information from victims all over Kings County.
Around 3 a.m. Monday, Kings County Sheriff’s officials said a deputy stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation. When the deputy talked to the occupants of the vehicle, officials said the deputy recognized a female passenger as someone he had contact with while working in the Kings County Jail.
Authorities said the woman identified herself to the deputy as Rachel Romero and said she was from Arizona and had never been in the Kings County Jail.
The name she provided returned with no such record and the deputy believed she was giving him a false name, officials said.
The deputy learned the woman’s actual name was Leticia Brice, also known as Leticia Reynolds, and she had four no-bail warrants for probation violations for fraud, identity theft, grand theft and other financial crimes.
The Sheriff’s office said Brice/Reynolds, 46, had been convicted of fraud and other charges after providing tax services and then stealing the tax returns from the victims all over Kings County.
Deputies said they arrested Brice/Reynolds on the outstanding warrants and booked her into the Kings County jail.
Authorities said one of the passengers in the vehicle was an elderly male who the woman had been staying with for about one month. They said the man knew her by the name of Rachel and he told deputies she had worked on his taxes this past week.
Deputies said Brice/Reynolds has victimized the elderly by gaining their confidence and offering to do their taxes. From there she gained access to their financial information, credit cards, and bank accounts and stole money, including tax refunds.
Brice/Reynolds has been staying in the Corcoran area, but Sheriff’s officials said she has committed this type of crime all over Kings and Tulare counties.
If you recognize her by any of her names, and if she has offered to work on your taxes or has gained access to your information, contact Detective Eric Essman or Detective Kevin Smyres at 852-2829.