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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 30, 2013 11:51 AM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker
To: All House members
Subject: Amending the provision in the Crimes Code related to identity theft -
 
I am introducing legislation to address identity theft committed against children. According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity thieves steal the Social Security number of a child in order to obtain a credit card, secure a loan, or buy property. Further, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the Social Security number of a child is uniquely valuable to identity thieves because children lack a credit history. Often, the child and parent do not find out about the theft until the child becomes an adult and seeks employment or applies for a student loan or buys a car.

Consequently, I am introducing legislation to amend the provision in the Crimes Code regarding identity theft, 18 Pa.C.S.4120, to provide that when a person commits an offense against a child that the grading of the offense is enhanced one degree. Currently, the offense of identity theft is enhanced on degree if the victim is 60 year of age or older or is a care-dependent person. Because children are especially vulnerable to this offense, as are the elderly and infirm, my legislation adds a child to the provision which currently provides that the offense of identity theft is enhanced one degree.

I have attached a copy of the legislation for your review.

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Introduced as HB714