State Lawmakers Want To Make Identity Theft A Felony

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America but it's not even considered a crime in Colorado and state lawmakers are working to change that. A bill that would make identity theft a felony has passed the house judiciary committee on a bipartisan vote. The bill would create a new section in Colorado statue establishing identity theft as a class four felony and those convicted would face a prison sentence of two to six years and twice as long if they had prior convictions. The bill would also create a new class five felony for using deception to gather a person's personal identifying information or financial information. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that almost 10 million Americans have been victims of identity theft. Colorado ranks fifth in the nation for identity theft complaints.