Identity theft, also referred to as identity fraud, is a crime consisting of the misuse of another individual's personal identifying information, such as a name, social security number, date of birth, or bank account information, for fraudulent purposes. Identity theft is often engaged in for economic gain through the commission of another crime, such as credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, or check fraud, or through the sale of the misappropriated identifying information on the black market.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinates with numerous local agencies in the investigation of identity theft. Identity theft is also investigated and prosecuted by several other government agencies, including the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Moreover, the President's Identity Theft Task Force was established in 2006 by President George W. Bush in order to create a coordinated approach among government agencies to combat identity theft.
Identity theft is punishable under the Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act, as well as a number of other statutes, such as federal criminal fraud statutes, and conviction for identity theft may result in significant penalties, including up to thirty-years' (30) imprisonment for each offense, substantial fines, and potential criminal forfeiture of assets.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing federal criminal identity theft charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including identity theft matters. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
Over the last 38 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country.
If you have questions or concerns about a federal identity theft matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (800) 780-2889 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.