Dealing with identity information
On 22 February 2010 three new identity fraud offences were created by parliament. The offence of dealing with identity information is the most serious and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
In short the offence is committed where a person deals in (supplies) identification information with intent to commit an indictable offence. An indictable offence is a serious offence which is capable of being dealt with in the district or supreme courts.
An example of dealing with identity information would be supplying a passport to another so they could commit a fraud upon a bank.
What the police must prove
- Accused dealt with identification information; and
- The accused did so with intent to commit and indictable offence (or facilitate the commission of an indictable offence)
“Deal” in identification information includes make, supply or use any such information.
“Identification information” means information relating to a person (whether living or dead, real or fictitious, or an individual or body corporate) that is capable of being used (whether alone or in conjunction with other information) to identify or purportedly identify the person, and includes the following:
- a name or address,
- a date or place of birth, marital status, relative’s identity or similar information,
- a driver licence or driver licence number,
- a passport or passport number,
- biometric data,
- a voice print,
- a credit or debit card, its number or data stored or encrypted on it,
- a financial account number, user name or password,
- a digital signature,
- a series of numbers or letters (or both) intended for use as a means of personal identification,
- an ABN.
WHERE TO NEXT?
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