Identity Theft Restitution – A Change in the Law

Filed under: Criminal Law, News Tags: by Steven F. Fairlie @ December 21, 2009

Pennsylvania law has been modified to expand the restitution permitted in Identity Theft cases. In addition to all traditional restitution, the amendments provide for all reasonable expenses incurred by the victim, or on the victim’s behalf, to:
1) investigate the identity theft
2) bring or defend criminal and/or civil actions in court to redress the identity theft
3) repair any blemishes on the victim’s credit record
Perhaps most importantly, the amended law permits recovery of fees paid to attorneys, credit bureaus, and private investigators, as well as recovery of court costs and filing fees. It is very rare that Pennsylvania law permits recovery of professional fees, investigation fees, or courts costs. This will be a powerful new statute that will permit victims to enlist the aid of private attorneys, at the expense of the perpetrators, in an attempt to recoup any losses they have suffered. Our experience and expertise in Identity Theft cases leaves us uniquely positioned to benefit either the victims of Identity Theft or the accused, though obviously not within the same case. Please contact us for further information.

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