Consequences For Identity Theft  

A recent report has shown that in the year 2008 there were almost ten million people in the U.S who became victims of identity theft. The perpetrators of the crime were not caught. The federal government and individual states are trying to make the penalties harsher for those who have been already prosecuted for this kind of crime.

Owing to increasing occurrences of identity theft the U.S government has passed the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act in the year 2004. Under this act the sentence for the perpetrator has been increased to five years from the initial three years. If the identity theft was done using phishing, then the imprisonment time may again add up to further 2 more years.

To deter those who are committing such crimes, the law has enhanced its approach by increasing the penalty on identity theft by combining it with other related crimes. For instance, if some one commits identity theft using scam mail, then not only will he or she be charged for identity theft, but also for mail fraud. The law has created new and enhanced penalties by adding up related charges. When identity theft is committed with terrorist intent or influence, then the penalties can go beyond 5 years in addition to other sentences.

Identity theft often crosses state borders and results in federal crime. Inspite of that each state has its own laws regarding identity theft. Therefore, the extent of the punishment and penalties differ in each state. For instance, in the state of Florida an accused for identity theft may have to face imprisonment for five to ten years, and the same conviction in the state of Illinois is viewed as a class two felony, which results in imprisonment of up to 3 to 7 and a fine of $25,000.

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Consequences For Identity Theft

Defintion-Of-Identity-Theft      With the advent of internet, identity theft is becoming one of the easiest ways to hack into others accounts. Popularly known as ID theft, it is a crime that involves stealing others personal information and using it for their benefit. The thief might steal the social security number or even your bank details in such cases. More..




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