the fraudulent appropriation and use of someone's identifying or personal data or documents, as a credit card.
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How to use identity theft in a sentence
Four years later, a report by the inspector general said, “We are particularly concerned with identity theft or imposter schemes, which occur when individual identities are stolen and then used to apply for UI benefits.”How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic | by Cezary Podkul | July 26, 2021 | ProPublica
After all, the extent of identity theft means that criminals often input the information of a real person.How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic | by Cezary Podkul | July 26, 2021 | ProPublica
The department will focus the audit, known as verification, on ferreting out identity theft and fraud for the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, cycle.Fewer college students will have to verify financial aid information this school year, Education Dept. says | Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | July 13, 2021 | Washington Post
Charges are said to include sex-trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft.Gaetz Buddy Joel Greenberg Agrees to Plead Guilty to Sex Trafficking, Says Report | Jamie Ross | May 14, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Greenberg, initially charged in a two-count indictment related to his alleged effort to smear Beute, now faces 33 federal charges, including sex trafficking of a child, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and bribery.How the Justice Department came to investigate Rep. Matt Gaetz | Matt Zapotosky, Michael Scherer | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
I've learned that this form of identity theft, conjuring up a character to attract another person, is not uncommon.Five Rules for Social Media Safety From Manti Te’o’s ‘Girlfriend’ | Diane O’Meara | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In January, Adams pleaded guilty to an apparently unrelated federal charge of identity theft in California.How to Commit a $200 Million Scam: Inside the Year’s Most Shocking Credit Card Fraud | Daniel Gross | February 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in 2008, Pellicano was found guilty on 76 charges—including wire fraud, identity theft, and racketeering.Judge Denies Bail Request by Anthony Pellicano, Former Sleuth to the Stars | Christine Pelisek | August 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
An identity theft can take significant time and money to clear up.
Then, on November 3, Parker was extradited to Connecticut where he was charged with identity theft, which is a felony.
British Dictionary definitions for identity theft
the crime of setting up and using bank accounts and credit facilities fraudulently in another person's name without his or her knowledge
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