Stealing a person’s identity to defraud or to impersonate him/her and obtain the benefits both financial and non-financial is known
as identity theft and is generally a criminal offense in Massachusetts identity theft laws.
- The Massachusetts identity theft laws are stated under the penal code section Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 266, § 37E (2000).
- According to the law of the state, person convicted for defrauding over credit issues by obtaining the identity information can be punished by
- Imposing a fine of $5000 or by imprisonment in house of correction, for about one and half to two years.
- In few cases, both fine and imprisonment can be imposed.
- The victim can also obtain restitution for the loss.