Cybercrime bill goes to Senate
FRANKFORT - The House voted Friday to put Kentucky on the offensive against cybercrime that takes a victim's identity, money and reputation.
A bill creating a felony crime of identity theft passed the House 92-0 and moves to the Senate.
Rep. John Vincent, the bill's lead sponsor, said the proposal is meant to protect Kentuckians from having their identities seized by computer hackers.
Identity theft would involve someone improperly obtaining personal information and using it to obtain benefits or property, make financial transactions or avoid detection. The information could be a
person's name, Social Security number, birth date or other personal identification.
Vincent said the bill, which sets a punishment of one to five years in prison would give Kentucky one of the nation's toughest laws against such cybercrime. Another new felony crime would be created -
trafficking in stolen identities - to prosecute people who possess or try to peddle stolen IDs. Violators could be sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.
The bill also would allow Kentucky to prosecute people in other states who use computers to obtain a Kentuckian's personal information.
The bill also would allow victims to seek civil damages from perpetrators.
Publication date: 02-26-00