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Bob Ferguson

Washington, D.C. – Attorney General Christine Gregoire told a U.S. Senate subcommittee today that recently adopted measures assisting identity theft victims in Washington should be extended to identity theft victims nationwide.

Audio message from Attorney General Christine Gregoire:
"Senatetestimony3_032002.mp3"  (245K)

The hearing, before the Senate Technology, Terrorism and Government Information Subcommittee, was held specifically to gather testimony on a pair of identity theft–related bills, including the “Reclaim Your Identity Act of 2001,” introduced late last year by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D.-Wash. Lawmakers asked Gregoire to speak about Washington’s identity theft law, which went into effect in July 2001.“Identity theft is a crime that does not respect state or regional boundaries. A Social Security number stolen in Washington can be used to obtain a credit card in Delaware that is then used to get a cash advance in Ohio. That’s why citizens need help at the federal level,” Gregoire said. “Since our law went into effect last July, people in my state have had help in restoring their good names, their good reputations. I see no reason why residents of other states should not have the same protections from identity theft that our state’s citizens now enjoy,” she added.