Massachusetts law clearly defines what may constitute an identity fraud crime. If, with intent to defraud, you use or possess another individual's personal identifying information (PII) without his authorization for the purposes of obtaining anything valuable, you may be found guilty of identity crime. Additionally, the law also states that you may be found guilty of identity crime if you possess a person's PII for the purposes of harassing him or her.
If you violate this law, you may face a maximum prison sentence of up to two and a half years and/or a $5,000 fine. Massachusetts law states that law enforcement officials do not need a warrant to arrest you for identity crime if there is sufficient probable cause indicating that you may be an identity theft offender.
Paul R. Moraski, Esq.
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Salem, Massachusetts 01970