June 26, 2004 in Nation/World

Senate passes bill targeting fake IDs

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Friday passed and sent to the White House legislation to require five-year prison sentences for people convicted of using or providing fake IDs to help terrorists.

The legislation, passed by the House on Wednesday, is meant to take away judges’ ability to give probation, reduced sentences or concurrent sentences for identity theft linked to felony crimes.

Helping someone get a fake ID to be used for a serious felony or using one in such a crime would lead to two years in prison; for terrorism-related crimes that would become five years.

“The identity theft epidemic in this country must be stopped,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

“I hope that President Bush will sign this bill into law soon,” she said, “so that prosecutors will have the tools they need to suitably punish identity thieves, especially those who steal in order to commit more serious crimes, such as acts of terrorism.”

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