A 23-year-old employee at an assisted living care facility in Elm Grove has been charged with two counts of identity theft after allegedly using a dementia patient’s credit card to purchase two shirts and a manicure. Although the suspect denied stealing the card, stating that she found it lying on the floor, she faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Identity theft is a felony in Wisconsin. Of the two types of identity theft – those perpetrated against an individual versus an entity – unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information entails intentionally using, attempting to use, or possessing with the intent to use, personal identifying information or documents belonging to another individual.
Personally identifiable information and documents may include items such as a driver’s license, another person’s credit card, or any other item or device such as a key to a lock box, which a person may then use to pay for goods or services, transfer funds or obtain cash.
If someone intentionally uses, attempts to use, or intends to use another individual’s unique information – ranging from using a person’s name, address, telephone number or social security number to using a bank account number, ATM card and code – to gain products, services or another benefit, they will be looking at identity theft charges if caught. Any information that could be used to access goods, services, money or anything else of value or benefit belonging to another individual can result in charges of identity theft.
Wisconsin Identity Theft Charges
When Facing Charges for Credit Card Fraud – Contact an Experienced Theft Charges Defense Attorney for Help
Our attorneys understand the worry that you are feeling when you are facing Wisconsin identity theft charges and we understand the consequences that you are thinking about – the fines, jail time and the difficulty of finding a good job with a theft crime on your permanent record. If you are facing theft charges of unauthorized use of an individual’s personal identifying information or documents, it is very important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in defending those facing Wisconsin theft charges. With over 50 years of combined experienced fighting against charges of identity theft and white collar theft crimes, the Waukesha criminal defense attorneys of Andrew C. Ladd LLC will vigorously defend you against the charges you face. Call our offices today for immediate assistance at 262-542-3900 or send us a confidential email.