July 22, 2007
A growing problem in the United States is identity theft. It is, therefore, good to see DOJ taking steps to combat this activity and to assist those who are victims of these crimes. Late last week DOJ proposed "legislation that seeks to update and improve current laws aimed at protecting Americans from the increasingly sophisticated crime of identity theft." The bill is titled the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2007. According to a DOJ Press Release, one of the provisions in the bill would allow for "victims of identity theft [to] recover the value of the time lost attempting to repair damage inflicted by identity theft." The Act also "would amend the identity theft and aggravated identity theft statutes" and "would add several new crimes to the list of aggravated identity theft offenses."
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I'm glad that there is some movement at the federal level on ID theft. I don't people realize how sinister this crime is. First, these crimes are unquestionably premeditated. Second, these crimes can destroy lives. The victims of these crimes often have their lives severely disrupted by the perpetrators of these crimes. It is one of the many reasons that consumer protection must be made a priority in every state of the union as well as federal and local level.
Posted by: Rod Thompson | Jul 23, 2007 2:54:47 PM