According to the Virginian-Pilot, a Suffolk woman who participated in the theft of approximately 200 medical patients’ identities from 2012-2013 and used them to make fraudulent credit card purchases has been sentenced to more than five years in prison and must pay over $99,000 in restitution. This woman already had other fraud and identity theft convictions to her name, but it seems that after she was released from prison for those previous charges she went right back to stealing identities. The judge in this case considered imposing more time, saying, "[w]hat do you have to do to teach someone this is wrong?"
This is why we advocate filing a police report if someone steals your credit card number or your identity. Criminals need to understand that this is not a “harmless” crime, it can do real damage to peoples’ lives and we should not accept it as something that “just happens.” If criminals can be caught and prosecuted instead of just canceling our credit cards, maybe the rates of identity theft would decrease. If you notice errors on your credit report or bank statements, contact the companies immediately.
Even after filing a police report, you may run into problems getting the credit companies to remove the negative reporting off your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion reports. You may need the help of an experienced lawyer to get your credit back on track. Feel free to contact us, we have experience in resolving these issues with the credit reporting agencies and can assist you.