Identity Theft

Two Federal statutes address the crime of identity theft. The first is found in 18 USC 1028 or the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrent Act (1998). The original identity theft statute covers instances where one used the identifying information of another in connection with any federal crime or any state or local felony. In 2004, this law was expanded to include a aggravated offense under the original theft statute. Under 18 USC 1028A prohibits the use of identifying information belonging to another in two instances: first, in regards to certain federal offenses; and second, in relation to terrorism offenses.