Diane Feinstein and John Ashcroft Identity Theft Press Conference

The U.S. government seems to be finally paying attention to identity theft. John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General and Senator Diane Feinstein of California held a press conference pushing for Congress to pass legislation that would increase the punishment for identity theft offenders. The pending legislation would increase prison time for convicted offenders and make it a crime to be in possession of someone else’s ID info with the intent to commit a felony.

How are thieves punished today? The median time served in prison for people convicted of identity theft in 2001 was:
– 13 months for cases investigated by the Secret Service
– 7 months for cases handled by the FBI.
– About a third of those convicted were not sent to prison.

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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