Identity Theft Investigation Tool

Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 4:40 am

Identity theft is the largest type of fraud in the United States. But in the past, Minnesota law enforcement could not access or contribute to FBI data on victims of identity theft. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has just launched a new function designed to make it easier for law enforcement to distinguish between a person who is perpetrating identity theft and their victim. Law enforcement can now access and contribute to the NCIC Identity Theft file. The capability is part of the most recent Portals update (v247).

The victim is the subject of NCIC identity theft records, allowing law enforcement to flag stolen identities and identify imposters. While the victim may still be pulled over through a felony stop, this information will allow law enforcement to determine that the subject is, in fact, the victim.

For Identity Theft Victims: When a victim of identity theft comes to a law enforcement agency to report the crime, they will be asked to provide information that will help law enforcement identify them as the victim, both at the time the report is filed, and in future encounters with law enforcement. To prevent that information from becoming public, law enforcement agencies are encouraged to fill out a security information declaration. The victim will also be asked to sign a consent form and a social security number disclosure form.

For Law Enforcement: You can learn more about how the Identity Theft access function works by referring to the NCIC 2000 Operating Manual – Identity Theft File section, the NCIC Code Manual – Personal Descriptors Data Codes section, or by attending a BCA training session. Watch the CJIS Launch Pad website for upcoming training sessions. bcanextest.x.state.mn.us/launchpad/training/training.cgi

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