US passes stiffer penalties for ID theft

Anti-money laundering

The legislation imposes a mandatory five-year prison term for anyone who transfers, possesses or uses someone else’s identification or a false ID to commit acts of terrorism. Providing false IDs for non terrorism-related crimes would carry a two-year prison term. The bill also bars the courts from giving probation, reduced or concurrent sentences to anyone convicted of identity theft linked to felony crimes.

Use of a stolen identity to receive Social Security, Medicare or veterans’ benefits, and

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