An act of identity theft involves the unauthorized use of another individual's personally identifying information (such as a Social Security number) to open fraudulent credit card accounts or to commit other crimes with that person's identity. But while computers are used quite a bit to perpetrate these types of crimes, identity thieves often find sensitive data by digging through garbage cans and stealing mail. State identity theft laws vary a bit in classifications and penalties, but are similarly structured.
Rhode Island Identity Theft Law at a Glance
The following chart provides details about identity theft laws in Rhode Island, including the state definition of the crime and different ways it can be committed. See FindLaw's Identity Theft section to learn how to protect yourself and what to do once you're identity has been stolen.
|Code Section||R.I. Gen. Laws §§11-49.1-1 (2000) et seq.|
|Statutory Definition of Identity Theft||
A person commits identity fraud by committing any of the following acts:
|Classification of Crime/Penalties||Automatic felony First conviction: imprisonment up to 3 years or fine up to $5,000 or both; second conviction: imprisonment for 3 to 5 years or fine up to $10,000 or both; third or subsequent conviction: imprisonment for 5 to 10 years or fine of $15,000 minimum or both|
|Who May Prosecute||Any prosecuting authority|
|Exemptions to Identity Theft Laws||Criminal statute does not apply to minors seeking to obtain privileges denied to minors|
|Civil Lawsuit Allowed?||-|
|Civil Remedies Available||-|
|Misc.||Any property used as a means of violating identity theft laws will be seized and forfeited to the state, proceeds to go 20% to Attorney General earmarked for identity theft investigation, 80% to other state/local law enforcement agencies|
Note: State laws are always subject to change at any time through the enactment of newly signed legislation or voter-approved ballot initiatives, or through other means. You should contact a Rhode Island consumer protection attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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