Ohio bill targets theft crimes against military

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general and two state
lawmakers are pushing for harsher penalties against scammers who commit
identity fraud and other theft crimes against active-duty service
members and their spouses.
The bill from Republican state Reps.
Mike Dovilla and Terry Blair amends the current identity fraud and theft
laws to increase penalties for those types of crimes against military
families.
DeWine said in a statement Tuesday that identity fraud
against the military is increasing in Ohio. It was up almost 20 percent
last year. And DeWine says the proposed legislation would give Ohio one
of the toughest laws in the country with respect to punishing identity
fraud aimed at active-duty service members.
The proposed legislation also would allow identity fraud victims to pursue civil lawsuits against
offenders.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general and two state
lawmakers are pushing for harsher penalties against scammers who commit
identity fraud and other theft crimes against active-duty service
members and their spouses.
The bill from Republican state Reps.
Mike Dovilla and Terry Blair amends the current identity fraud and theft
laws to increase penalties for those types of crimes against military
families.
DeWine said in a statement Tuesday that identity fraud
against the military is increasing in Ohio. It was up almost 20 percent
last year. And DeWine says the proposed legislation would give Ohio one
of the toughest laws in the country with respect to punishing identity
fraud aimed at active-duty service members.
The proposed legislation also would allow identity fraud victims to pursue civil lawsuits against
offenders.
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights
reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or
redistributed.