Identity theft Punishment!
Are The Laws Hard Enough?

Identity theft punishment for the crime of identity theft needs to fit the crime.

What do you know about identity theft punishment?

I know so many friends and acquaintances that have personally experienced identity theft, or know someone that has become a victim of this horrendous crime.

Identity theft cases have increased dramatically in the last few years.

There are over 10 million victims of this devastating crime every year with no end in sight.

See more identity theft cases to learn more.

Identity Theft Punishment Laws

There were no laws for identity theft punishment.

This crime had become so prevalent by 2004 that pressure from the people prompted President George W. Bush to implement laws to punish the criminals of this act of violence.

This law is called the Identity Theft Penalty Act and was signed in 2004.

Identity theft laws now change what was considered a misdemeanor to the federal level of a felony.

  • Most U.S. states have now implemented these laws that give serious prison time instead of just the proverbial “slap on the wrist”.

Until recently, this crime was not considered seriously by anyone, least of all law enforcement.

  • The maximum federal prison sentence will immediately elevate from three years to five years.
  • The criminal that is guilty of that ever popular phishing scam will automatically have an additional 2 years tacked on to his sentence.
  • There is a new identity theft crime called “Aggravated Identity Theft”, recently added to the list of identity theft offenses.
  • When a thief commits a crime using a victim’s stolen identity such as mail fraud, immigration fraud or terrorism, this is considered Aggravated Identity Theft.
  • This also allows the criminal to be charged with more than one offense, for identity theft and aggravated identity theft.

This allows the thief to be charged with more than one offense, for both identity theft as well as aggravated identity theft.

  • The thief will accumulate an additional 2 years to his sentence, and probation is not allowed for this type of sentence.
  • An insider or manager is consider to be a person of trust, and will be charged with abuse of power.

This abuse of power carries additional penalties.

To learn more, go to ways to prevent identity theft and identity theft scams.

  • An additional 5 years will be charged to any terrorist related crime.
  • This offense can carry a maximum of 25 years to the sentence.

This now also applies to international and domestic crimes of this type.

  • Most states now have their own identity theft laws and which may vary from state to state.
  • State penalties can range from a misdemeanor to a felony or any combination there-of.

Legislation is currently being worked on to prohibit selling and displaying social security numbers without consent of the owner.

  • All government agencies will be required to take steps necessary to protect SSN’s from being accessed illegally.
  • The least a criminal is responsible for is compensation for your loss.
  • The criminal would have to pay you back for the loss including any other attorney fees and damages incurred as a result of his crime.
  • Penalties can range from a $50,000 fine plus a maximum of 5 years in prison, or a $100,000 fine and a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Identity theft can be very elusive. Many times victims of this horrible crime don’t even realize they are a victim until it’s too late and the damage is done.

Months can go by before something happens to draw your attention to the fact that something is not right.

That is why it’s so important to stay one step ahead of the criminals.

Make it a habit to keep a close watch on all your account balances and the items that appear on your statement.

ID thieves don’t care who you are or what your status is. Every single person, even children, are vulnerable to this crime.

Become informed and be diligent in protecting yourself and your loved ones from identity theft.

It is my hope that no one needs to make use of our identity theft punishment laws.

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