There are several types of identity theft crimes in Wisconsin, but one thing remains the same across the board: Identity theft is a Class H felony. If you’re convicted of identity theft, you could go to prison for up to 6 years and pay fines of up to $10,000.
Identity Theft Crimes in Wisconsin
Under Wisconsin law, the crime of identity theft is serious – it’s so serious, in fact, that people who are convicted end up spending time in prison. There are several different types of identity theft crimes, including:
- Child identity theft
- Criminal identity theft
- Financial identity theft
- Identity cloning
- Medical identity theft
Here’s a closer look at each.
Child Identity Theft
Child identity theft occurs when someone steals a child’s personal information and misuses it. This sometimes involves things like opening lines of credit in a child’s name, getting utility bills put in a child’s name or even making major purchases (like cars or houses) in a child’s name.
Criminal Identity Theft
Criminal identity theft occurs when a person gives the police false information when they’re arrested. That might happen when someone simply lies about his or her name, when a person has a fake ID or when a person has another person’s valid ID.
Financial Identity Theft
The most common type of identity theft is financial in nature. This occurs when someone uses another person’s identity to get a credit card, take out a loan, or makes purchases.
Identity cloning is a form of identity theft, and it involves one person impersonating another person to hide his or her true identity. Even things as simple – and seemingly harmless – as using another person’s picture on a social media site and pretending that it’s you can be a form of identity theft.
Medical Identity Theft
When a person uses another person’s personally identifiable information, or PII, to obtain medical service, prescriptions or even insurance coverage.
Have You Been Accused of Any Type of Identity Theft?
If you’ve been accused of some type of identity theft, we may be able to help you. Call us at 414-383-6700 now to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. We’ll look at your case, answer your questions and start building a strategy that gets you the best possible outcome.