With the technological advancements of recent years, identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in society. A Brooklyn woman was recently arrested and charged with identity theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and theft, among other felony criminal counts. The woman was arrested after the alleged victim contacted the authorities. The alleged victim claimed that thieves had gotten her information and drained over $20,000 from her account through numerous bank transactions.
After a thorough investigation, the police identified the woman as the alleged perpetrator and obtained a felony warrant for her arrest. She was then located and arrested earlier this summer. She is currently being held on $10,000 bail and will be in jail until her preliminary hearing.
Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully obtains someone else's personal and financial information and uses it to commit fraud or deception. Typically, the perpetrator will be accused of using the information to benefit themselves in some way. In some cases, identity theft may lead to other more serious crimes. That is why law enforcement agencies take these cases seriously and will do whatever it takes to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law.
Identity theft is a felony crime and can have serious long-term consequences if you are convicted. Because of the allegations of dishonesty, your reputation in the community may be destroyed and it may be difficult for you to find employment. That is why it is beneficial to get more information about your criminal defense options early in the process.
Source: Souderton Independent, "Police: Brooklyn woman arrested in Lower Salford identity theft case," Michael Goldberg, July 10, 2017