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Identity Theft Charges in South Carolina

Accused of Financial Identity Fraud Charges in South Carolina?

Identity theft

A person guilty of identity theft is one who, without permission of another, and with intent to unlawfully:

  • appropriate financial resources of another for his/her or another’s own use
  • devise a scheme or trick to defraud, or
  • obtain or attempt to obtain, under false or fraudulent pretenses, records or information that is identifying that could help in accessing financial records .

According to South Carolina law, the following are classified as identifying information (Section 16-13-510 (C)):

  • social security numbers,
  • drivers license numbers,
  • checking & savings account numbers,
  • credit & debit card numbers,
  • personal identification numbers,
  • electronic identification numbers,
  • digital signatures,
  • any other personal information that could be used to obtain financial access,
  • identifying documentation used by one person that defines another (i.e. passports, birth certificates, drivers license, etc.).

Penalties for financial identity fraud charges

A person convicted of identity fraud is guilty of a felony, and fined with the discretion of the court, and imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

Although not a penalty, the court may order restitution to the victim.

Financial Identity Theft Lawyers in South Carolina

Whether obtained by rummaging through the trash, hacking into a computer, looking through public records, or hacking into a credit card network, identity theft can lead to South Carolina criminal charges. If you have been accused of identity theft, we strongly recommend you hire a SC Identity Theft Lawyer at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. An SC identity theft conviction can lead to prison sentences and hefty fines. A South Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney at the Strom Law Firm understands what is at stake. We will aggressively fight to clear your name and your reputation. Do not wait until the verdict is in. Call a South Carolina criminal defense attorney today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.