Friday, February 9, 2007

ID theft in Springfield

We noted yesterday that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich formed an internet task force to fight child predators and ID theft even though the Attorney General of his own party, Lisa Madigan, already has a task force in place to do just that.

There's more. Blagojevich's state police director was quoted in the Bloomington Pantagraph that it's hard to quantify the extent of ID theft and other internet crimes.

State Police Director Larry Trent said his office does not know the extent of Internet crime in Illinois but instances of identity fraud and online theft are occurring more frequently.

"The internet is fertile hunting ground for criminals who victimize from across town or across the globe," he said. "We don't know how bad Internet crime is but we believe that it is huge."
Had someone just clicked onto Madigan's website, they would have found the statistics had already been compiled.


So much for intergovernmental cooperation.

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