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Iowa House OKs bill making identity theft a felony

Posted at: 03/25/2013 8:22 PM
Updated at: 03/25/2013 9:15 PM
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has approved legislation that would make all identity theft a felony.
 
Lawmakers approved the measure 84-11 Monday with bipartisan support. The bill now moves to the Senate.
 
The legislation raises the minimum sentence for committing identity theft to a class D felony that's punishable by up to five years in prison. Current law charges offenders on a sliding scale from an aggravated misdemeanor to a class D felony.
 
Republican Rep. Mark Brandenburg of Council Bluffs supports the bill and says raising the penalty would deter such crimes.
 
The legislation provides exemptions from the felony rule for teenagers or underage adults who use a fake or stolen identification card to enter a bar, buy alcohol or cigarettes, or purchase move tickets for an R-rated movie.
 
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3/25/2013 8:03:26 PM (GMT -5:00)