Police ask for help to catch suspected identity thief

Latasha Kaufman AKA Latasha Salsberry (Source: Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers)
Latasha Kaufman AKA Latasha Salsberry (Source: Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police are asking for the public's help in finding a woman accused of stealing a student's identity to take money from a college debit card account and failing to return a leased vehicle.

Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers is looking for Latasha Kaufman, 39, of Baton Rouge. She is also known as Latasha Salsberry.

Kaufman, AKA Salsberry, is a former student at Baton Rouge Community College and suspected of stealing the identity of another BRCC student.

The BRCC Police Department reported the victim was using the computer lab on campus to activate her BRCC debit card in September 2013 and Kaufman tried to help.

However, detectives said several days after the card was activated the student discovered the funds had been transferred into an account under Kaufman's name.

Kaufman is wanted by BRCCPD for access device fraud, computer fraud, felony theft and identity theft. She is wanted by the East Baton Rouge Parish under her alias Latasha Salsberry for failing to appear in court on charges of access device fraud and attempted identity theft.

According to investigators, she also leased a car in September 2013 and has not made a payment or returned the vehicle. She is wanted by the Denham Springs Police Department on a charge of failure to return a leased vehicle.

Kaufman is described as 5'0" and weighing 106 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867 or text CS225 and a message to 274637.

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