Identity Theft – A Serious White-Collar Crime
White-collar crimes are committed by government officials or business professionals for illicit financial gain. Identity theft is one of the types of crimes where people steal someone’s identity, like credit card numbers, driver’s license, social security number etc. and use this information for personal gain.
Employees in an organization steal business information by hacking organization’s computers and obtain important information from secured mails. Some people pretend to be an employer or businessperson who has legal right to your personal information through false identities or papers. Some people skim through credit card processing devices to obtain credit card numbers. After falsely obtaining important information, the criminals get loans, credit card accounts and make purchases.
Penalties and sentences for identity theft in NY
Basic identity theft, without any aggravating factors, is a class-A misdemeanor. Punishment for this type of crime includes a maximum $1000 fine and up to 1-year in jail.
More serious cases are class-D felonies, and the penalties include fines up to $5000 or double the amount the convicted gained from the crime. The convicted has to face jail for 3 to 7 years.
Get legal assistance from a NY white collar criminal defense lawyer
If you are facing identity theft charges in New York, then talk to Mr. Paul D. Petrus Jr., New York’s local white-collar defense attorney. He can help you navigate the criminal justice system and obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Call at 212-564-2440 for free initial consultation with Mr. Petrus.