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Attorney general: New law attacks identity theft

By Staff
PRESS CONFERENCE Attorney General Jim Hood talks to reporters Thursday at Meridian Aviation about a new law to fight identity theft. Hood also made stops in Jackson, Gulfport and Tupelo to tout the new law that went into effect on Thursday. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
July 2, 2004
Attorney General Jim Hood made a brief stop in Meridian Thursday to tout a new law designed to combat identity theft. The new law took effect earlier in the day.
Hood said identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country and has the potential to get even worse in Mississippi.
Hood also made stops in Jackson, Gulfport and Tupelo to explain the new law, Senate Bill 2957, which passed during through the Legislature earlier this year. It increases maximum prison sentences for those convicted from five years to 15 years.
Those convicted also must pay restitution to victims and reimburse prosecutors for twice the investigative costs. The new law will also allow Hood to issue subpoenas to investigate cases of ID theft.
The attorney general is also authorized to issue "Identity Theft Passports" to victims. The passports are designed to help people identify themselves as identity theft victims to law enforcement officers and financial institutions.
For additional information, call the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office at (800) 281-4418.

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