Identity Theft Laws
Laws pertaining to identity theft vary from state to state. Under Kentucky law, identity theft is punishable by up to 12 years in prison, $500,000 in fines, and possible restitution to the victim.
Can I Sue and How Long Do I Have?
Kentucky Revised Statute 532.034 states that a person found guilty of identity theft can be ordered to make restitution for financial loss sustained by a victim. Financial loss may include any costs incurred by the victim in correcting the credit history of the victim. Financial loss may also include costs incurred in connection with any civil or administrative proceeding to satisfy any debt or other obligation of such victim, including lost wages and attorney’s fees.
Additionally, Kentucky Revised Statute 411.210 states that victims of identity theft have a cause of action to collect damages either where they reside or where the defendant resides. Victims have five years to sue after the date they discovered identity theft.