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Delray Beach Woman Arrested For Using False Identification To Rent Apartment

A Delray Beach woman is facing identity theft charges after allegedly using another woman’s personal information to apply for apartment rentals online. The victim’s credit monitoring service alerted her to the activity by letting her know that information including her credit score had been requested by a number of residential communities. According to reports, the suspect was approved for rental at one of the apartment complexes, toured the rental property, and provided the leasing agent with a money order for the fee. When the suspect signed the lease, she signed with the victim’s name. An undercover police officer who was outside the apartment arrested the suspect after the lease was signed.  According to police, the suspect said someone had paid her a sum of cash to get the apartment. The suspect is now facing charges including fraudulent use of personal identification and organized scheme to defraud.

Fraudulent Use Of Personal Information – What Does This Mean?

Florida Statute Section 817.568 addresses this issue and defines this crime as the willful and unauthorized fraudulent use of another person’s personal identification information without that other person’s consent. This also include victims who are no longer living.  Thus, even using a deceased person’s personal information for fraudulent purposes is the same in the eyes of the law as if the victim were alive and is punished in the same manner. Merely possessing another person’s personal identification information with the intent of using it fraudulently falls under the definition of this crime as well. The crime, which is classified as a felony of the third degree, can be elevated to a felony of the second degree if the information is used to obtain property valued at more than $5,000 or if there are between ten and nineteen victims. If information of twenty or more individuals is used fraudulently or if the accused criminal obtains property of $50,000 or more, the classification is increased to a felony in the first degree.

Potential Penalties

The penalties and punishments that could potentially be imposed depend upon the classification of the crime. For crimes involving felony identity theft, convicted criminals could receive probation, incarceration, fines, and restitution. With such a wide range of potential penalties, as well as the long-term consequences of acquiring a criminal record and the hardships that can continue after a person has served their time and paid their restitution, resuming a normal life can be difficult. Identity theft is a serious matter in the eyes of the law.  Obtaining the assistance of an experienced criminal attorney for these types of serious matters is crucial.

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If you are facing criminal charges, you don’t need to face them alone. An experienced criminal law attorney can help you to get the best possible outcome in a court of law. At the office of Deric Zacca, P.A., we are ready to help you defend your rights. Attorney Zacca’s background gives him a broad perspective of criminal law issues and allows him to know the best way to proceed with any type of criminal matter. Having solid representation from the start of your case can make an immeasurable difference in the outcome of your case. Feel confident that your case is in the right hands with Attorney Zacca. Contact the office of Deric Zacca, P.A. in Florida to schedule your consultation today.