Living vicariously through others is sometimes thrilling. Maybe your best friend gets to travel the world for a job, so you keep up with all of his travel adventures as if you were the one traveling in his place. For one woman, her idea of living vicariously was thrilling in a different way. According to the news, this woman allegedly tried to pay for a hotel room with a man's credit card account number. The man noticed a fraud alert for one of his credit cards, and called the police. If this incident occurred in Arapahoe or Douglas County, the woman could face charges of Identity Theft.
What is Identity Theft in Denver?
The definition of Identity Theft, C.R.S. 18-5-902, is when:
- Someone knowingly uses the personal identifying information, financial identifying information, or financial device of another without permission or lawful authority to get cash, credit, property, services or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment;
- Someone knowingly possesses the personal identifying information, financial identifying information, or financial device without permission or lawful authority to use, help or allow someone else to use the information to get cash, credit, property, services or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment;
- With the intent to defraud, someone falsely makes, completes, alters or utters a written instrument or financial device with someone's personal identifying information or financial identifying information;
- Someone knowingly possesses personal identifying information or financial identifying information without permission or lawful authority to use to apply for or complete an application for a financial device or other extension of credit;
- Someone knowingly uses or possesses the identifying information of someone without permission or lawful authority in order to obtain a government-issued document.
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A Closer Look at Identity Theft in Colorado
This woman was trying to book her stay in a hotel room, but she was using someone else's financial identifying information to do so. If convicted of Identity Theft, the woman could face a class 4 felony charge. This could result in up to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $500,000 in fines. According to C.R.S. 18-5-901, financial identifying information is anything that can be used, alone or in conjunction with other information, to obtain cash, credit, property, services, or any other thing of value or to make a financial payment:
a) A personal identification number, credit card number, banking card number, checking account number, debit card number, electronic fund transfer card number, guaranteed check card number, or routing number; or
b) A number representing a financial account or a number affecting the financial interest, standing, or obligation of or to the account holder.
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In Jefferson and Adams County, and throughout Colorado, our team of criminal defense lawyers is working hard to defend our clients. We understand that sometimes good people make mistakes. This is why we want to give you the chance to share your side of a story. If you've been charged with Identity Theft in Denver, don't hesitate to contact our office as soon as possible. Your future could be at stake, so we want to act fast to help with your case. Contact the O'Malley Law Office today to work with one of our exceptional criminal defense attorneys.
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