Identity theft law moves to Florida governor

Published On: May 02 2013 01:33:41 PM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

It will be illegal to possess without permission other people's personal information like social security numbers and credit cards if Gov. Rick Scott signs a bill that passed the Legislature.

The House unanimously passed the bill (HB 691) on Thursday. The Senate unanimously passed it two weeks ago.

The measure would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to possess other people's Social Security numbers, driver's licenses, medical records, passports, bank account numbers, credit cards and Medicaid or food assistance account numbers unless they have authorization. Violators could face a year in jail.

It would be a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison to possess personal information from more than five people.

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