New Haven mother of 4 to be sentenced for identity theft

HARTFORD — A mother of four who prosecutors say stole more than $70,000 from more than a dozen people in a series of identity thefts is scheduled to be sentenced.

37 year-old Leshanda Long, of New Haven, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in Hartford. She pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Long used people’s personal information to obtain credit cards, obtain cash advances and pay for personal expenses. Long has more than 20 previous criminal convictions.

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of about five years in prison. Long’s lawyer says she should serve no more than four years.

Long’s lawyer wrote in a court brief that Long stole the money for her family’s basic needs, including food and utilities.