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Identity theft involves acquiring key pieces of someone’s identifying information, such as the name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, biographical attributes, or electronic addresses and numbers, in order to impersonate them. Identity thieves obtain this information primarily to commit various forms of fraud and obtain money, goods or services. In Washington State, the Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information is a Felony.
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The investigation of identity theft crimes is a time-consuming process. Many of the investigations require documentary evidence, which can take time to compile. For victims of identity theft, the immediate priority is to prevent and minimize further harm. In the Financial Crimes section, there are a number of resources to assist victims in this long process.
The Fife Police Department and the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office must work within the guidelines set forth by the Washington Revised Statute; therefore, investigators can only file charges on a suspect(s) if your case has sufficient evidence to establish the elements of the offense and the identity of the offender.