Identify Theft Around the Holidays

Channel 3 news did a story last night about a Davis woman who had her wallet stolen and credit cards used at Arden Fair Mall.Woman Says Security on Card Ignored.  Being the victim of identity theft is awful, having it occur around the holidays is even worse.  The worst part about identify theft is the amount of time victims spend repairing their accounts, damaged credit, etc….  It can take weeks and even months to repair the damage.

According to a 2012 USA today article the rate of identity theft rose 50% between 2005 and 2010.  While catching people committing identity theft can be difficult the number of these prosecutions has steadily risen over the years.   In some instances identity theft is used to facilitate other crimes such as terrorism and immigration offenses.  Many law enforcement agencies have specially trained officers to track identity theft and other related crimes.

If you or someone you know has been accused of identity theft it is imperative you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.  Identify theft charges are serious and can often be part of a larger investigation.