Identity Thieves Face Stiffer Sentences for Taking Army Member IDs

Dayton-based legal expert Kyle Kirts has worked on a number of cases involving legal specialties such as criminal defense, probate, and traffic defense. Kyle T. Kirts previously worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois legislature. One of the issues he covered was identity theft.

Identity theft involves a breach in security, whether an individual’s personal information is retrieved online or by more conventional means, such as taking the data from a victim’s mailbox. In Illinois, such convictions cover a full array of offenses, and include class 4 felony convictions on the lower end of the conviction scale to serious felonies categorized as class X.

The type of felony conviction then is based on the amount of property, credit, or money that is ultimately stolen. In addition, convictions carry a more severe sentence if the identity was absconded from a member of the state National Guard or federal armed services.

Identity thefts that involve taking credit, property, or money in an amount of $300 or less are regularly considered class 4 felonies. As the amounts increase, the sentences become stiffer. If the amount of property, money, or credit taken surpasses $10,000, then the conviction is usually considered a class X felony. Therefore, offenders can spend three years in prison for a class 4 conviction all the way up to 30 years for a class X offense.