Identity Theft

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

In the criminal justice context, identity theft refers to the illegal and fraudulent use of someone else’s personal information without their consent to commit financial fraud or other crimes.

Personal information can include a person’s name, social security number, driver’s license number, bank account information, and credit card information.

Identity theft is a serious crime that can have significant financial and personal consequences for the victim, including damage to their credit score, loss of funds, and damage to their reputation. The criminal justice system has various procedures in place to investigate and prosecute identity theft, including the collection of evidence, interviewing witnesses, and presenting cases in court.

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Last Modified: 03/06/2023


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