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Identity fraud is essentially the crime of using someone else’s identifying information and posing as that person with a fraudulent intent to obtain money, goods, or something of value. Posing as another person involves false representation, which can be either direct or indirect. Personal identification information includes driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, telephone numbers, names, addresses, places of employment, employee identification information, deposit and savings account numbers, credit card numbers, and computer passwords. Identity fraud can also involve using this kind of information to harass another person. Identity fraud is prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 37E.Registry Fraud and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Identity fraud cases have recently been charged against people getting driver’s licenses under someone else’s name. Usually the person obtaining the fraudulent license is in the country illegally. The fraud is often committed with the assistance of someone experienced with this crime or through a registry connection or both. Prosecutors take this very seriously for two primary reasons. One, the defendant is defrauding perpetuating his illegal existence in this country and state. Two, the fraud typically victimizes an innocent person. Thus, when the perpetrator of the fraud gets into some sort of criminal legal trouble he does so on the name of an innocent person. The innocent person often gets arrested and sometimes prosecuted for something he never did.Punishment
Identity fraud is punishable by up to 2 ½ years in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000, as well as restitution for victim’s financial loss, which may include costs to correct credit, lost wages, attorney’s fees, or to satisfy any debts. Identity fraud is on the rise in Massachusetts and throughout the country.
Every year, thousands of Massachusetts residents are affected by identity fraud. Identity fraud commonly involves illegal immigration or criminal Internet activity. It is also closely related to criminal offenses like larceny. Given the serious consequences of identity fraud and the fact that it is ever-increasing, this is a crime for which there is not much tolerance. If you or someone you know has been accused of identity fraud, it is essential to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense
Stephen Neyman is a highly-experienced criminal defense lawyer in Massachusetts. Attorney Neyman has been defending those accused of identity fraud for more than 20 years, and in that time he has become known as one of the best defense attorneys in the state. He consistently builds winning defenses, and he always achieves the best results possible. Attorney Neyman prides himself on professionalism and the superior work that he puts into every case. If you have been accused of identity fraud or any other criminal offense, speak with Attorney Neyman.Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. (617) 263 6800
The Law Offices of Stephen Neyman, P.C. is a Boston-based practice focusing on criminal defense exclusively. Call the office at any time and on any day of the week at (617) 263 6800 or send him an e-mail. Initial telephone consultations are free and confidential, so you have nothing to lose by talking your case over with Attorney Neyman.
While located in Boston, Attorney Neyman’s office represents clients from all over Massachusetts, including those in:
- Suffolk County
- Middlesex County
- Essex County
- Norfolk County
- Bristol County
- Plymouth County
- Worcester County