senate Bill S518

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Increases the penalties for identity theft crimes

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S518 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง190.78, 190.79 & 190.80, Pen L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1701
2009-2010: S192

S518 - Bill Texts

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Increases the penalties for identity theft crimes.

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BILL NUMBER:S518

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to increasing the penalties for
identity theft crimes

PURPOSE:
To further deter identity theft and related crimes.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
This bill would upgrade identity theft in the third degree from a
class A misdemeanor to a class E felony in the closing paragraph of
section 190.78 of the penal law; upgrading identity theft in the
second degree from a class E felony to a class D felony in section 2
of the closing paragraph of section 190.78 of the penal law, and
upgrading identity theft in the first degree from a class D felony to
a class C felony in section 3 of the closing paragraph of section
190.80 of the penal law.

EFFECTS OF PRESENT LAW WHICH THIS BILL WOULD ALTER:
Currently, identity theft in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor;
identity theft in the second degree is a class E felony; and identity
theft in the first degree is a class D felony.

JUSTIFICATION:
Over the years, identity theft has been addressed in the Senate,
including the passage of the Identity Theft bill (S.7697A) which was
introduced by Senator Spano and co-sponsored by 35 other Senators,
amended the penal law in relation to prohibiting and penalizing
identity theft.
In accordance with the 2002 legislation, this bill would further deter
identity theft and thereby strengthen identity protection for New
York State consumers. The National Crime Prevention Council reports
that identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S. In 2002,
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released statistics which found
that the total number of fraud and identity theft complaints from New
York State consumers was 23,939 of which New York City was at the top
of the list for consumer fraud with a reported 3,264 victims. In
2003, the FTC reported New York State ranked number six in a national
average of reported identity theft victims with a total of 15,821, of
which New York City ranked at the top with a reported 8,863 victims,
up from 5,888 in 2002. Additionally, identity theft cost $33 billion
(nationally) in loss to all businesses and financial institutions and
on average Americans spent 300 million hours resolving problems
relat.ed to identity theft. Imposing harsher penalties relating to
identity theft crimes would reduce the financial loss to New York
State businesses and its constituents, as well as reduce problems
with resolving issues related to identity theft crimes (e.g. using
someone else's personal documents to obtain goods or services).

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
S.2090 of 2007
01/31/07 Referred to Codes
01/09/08 Referred to Codes


01/11/11 Referred to Codes
01/04/12 Referred to Codes
05/08/12 Referred to Codes
05/09/12 Referred to Codes
05/14/12 Referred to Codes
06/06/12Passed Senate
06/06/12 Delivered to Assembly
06/06/12 Referred to Codes

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have
become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   518

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to increasing  the  penalties
  for identity theft crimes

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The closing paragraph of section 190.78 of the  penal  law,
as  added  by  chapter  619  of  the laws of 2002, is amended to read as
follows:
  Identity theft in the third  degree  is  a  class  [A  misdemeanor]  E
FELONY.
  S  2.  The  closing  paragraph  of section 190.79 of the penal law, as
added by chapter 619 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  Identity theft in the second degree is a class [E] D felony.
  S 3. The closing paragraph of section 190.80  of  the  penal  law,  as
added by chapter 619 of the laws of 2002, is amended to read as follows:
  Identity theft in the first degree is a class [D] C felony.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02200-01-3

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