Identity Crime in the United States Term Paper by Mr

A discussion on identity theft, with a focus on the case of Phillip Cummings.
# 152112 | 2,245 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Dec 30, 2012 in Criminology (General)

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This paper offers a definition of identity theft as the stealing or unauthorized usage of someone's personal information without their consent. The paper looks at the history of identity theft crime in the United States and focuses on the first identity crime investigated and prosecuted in the United States; the case of Phillip Cummings. The paper describes the crime, the evidence involved and the final sentence and plea bargain of Cummings.

Definition of Identity Theft
History of Identity Theft Crime in the United States
Specific Case of Crime
Analysis of Case: Has the Prosecutor Proven the Case Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Analysis of Punishment, Definition of Crime

From the Paper:

"Identity theft crime has assumed global dimensions in the sense that computer hackers from remote locations of the world can penetrate firewalls and other protective security measures to identify and steal passwords and usernames of others. At the time the World Wide Web was discovered, such positive, innovated and unique invention was not anticipated to lead to a new crime wave which followed. In fact it should be stated that any information one stores in online format is not 100 percent safeguarded. But technology has continued to improve and new online security measures have been implemented to make online identity theft much more difficult. Nevertheless technological innovations in security is not a full guarantee that hackers may not gain access to databases where important information such as credit card numbers, driver licenses, or social security numbers are stored. This paper would use an example of an identity theft crime to illustrate the associated problems of identity theft, both internationally and domestically. Identity theft cases can lead to numerous other crimes such as credit card fraud, utility fraud, banking and loan fraud, employment fraud, social security fraud, tax refund fraud, medical fraud, securities and Investments fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and immigration and government documentation fraud."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Guard Privacy and private Security (n.d) Accessed on Nov 22, 2012 from
  • Investopedia Online Dictionary (n.d) Definition of 'Identity Theft' Accessed on November 22, 2012, from
  • MSNBC (n.d) Man Sentenced to Years for Identity Theft, Accessed on Nov 22, 2012 from
  • No Ordinary Case of Identity Theft The Largest in U.S. History (Oct 18, 2004) Accessed on Nov 22, from
  • U.S Department of Justice (Jan 11, 2005) U.S. Announces Sentence of Man in largest Identity Theft Case in US History Accessed on Nov 22, 2012 from :

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