Identity theft prosecuted at three levels

Sensei Post in Identity Theft

Ogden,UT,USA — An identity theft case that began when a cashier spotted a bogus check could be prosecuted at one of three levels (the county prosecutor’s office, the State Attorney General’s Office, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office) depending on how the suspect obtained her funds. The suspect a Murray woman used several names, including her sister’s, to cash checks to the tune of $10,000 in 15 Smith’s Food & Drug Centers from Herriman to Logan.
The Utah Identity Theft Task Force, organized by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, has prosecuted 186 cases since last November, the majority involved stolen mail. Counties generally refer cases involving bank fraud to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office. A recent case underscores the seriousness of Identity Theft where Matthew Rodney Page recently admitted in federal court to stealing identities to get loans and open credit card accounts. Page, who does not have a criminal history, spent nearly $50,000 and almost ruined the credit of a man with a similar name. Page pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. A minimum sentence of two years in Federal Prison is mandated by law when a defendent admits to or is found guilty of stealing an identity.
In many of these cases there was little the victims could do to protect themselves. This isn’t to say that all identity theft victims were helpless to at least limit their exposure. One of the primary was to limit exposre is to NOT use your mailbox and to shread all your ‘junk’ mail. There is a certain inconvience and expense involved in taking these steps so it is important that you weigh the pros and cons. There is technology available that can help to secure your mailbox thereby limiting or at least alerting you if someone tampers with your mail. Like most self-defense steps they rarely seem worth it because you don’t see a threat yet. Just like self-defense skills you will wish they are available when a threat does appear!
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