State To Track Identity Theft
Arrests for specific crimes of identity theft will be published by the state Attorney General’s office… That’s a new requirement in legislation signed by Governor Schwarzenegger Monday.
Monday, August 28, 2006
The measure by Republican Senator Chuck Poochigian will require the state Department of Justice to publish statistical data about identity theft arrests in their report on crime in California. State Department of Consumer Affairs Spokesman Russ Heimerich (HIGHM-rick) says tracking arrests for identity theft crimes could be helpful in their efforts at identity theft prevention.
“And we’ll know then over time how identity theft is evolving or what the enforcement is like, it will also help our office in terms of knowing what types of outreach remains to be done to protect consumers, to educate law enforcement.”
Heimerich says current estimates show nine million Americans have been victims of identity theft—including more than a-million Californians.
Senator Poochigian, who is the author of the bill, is running for the office of State Attorney General. His opponent is Democrat Jerry Brown.