While identity theft
is on the rise nationwide, one county in California has received a sizable grant from the state government to more effectively crack down on the crime.
The district attorney's office in Yolo County, California, was recently given nearly $57,000 in a grant from the State Attorney General's Privacy and Piracy Fund to pursue identity theft cases, according to a report from the organization
. Most of the funds will be allocated to the office's High Tech Unit, which investigates many of its identity theft and counterfeiting cases every year. Much of that will go toward training of digital forensic investigators, and to buy new equipment for their lab.
"These kinds of cases are becoming more common," said Jeff Reisig, Yolo County's district attorney general. "This grant will allow the district attorney's office to continue our efforts to protect our community from identity theft and intellectual property theft." Adam Levin
, the chairman for Identity Theft 911, has a blog about the ways in which identity theft of all kinds can victimize consumers caught unawares by the crime.
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