In West Virginia, identity theft issues are under the criminal laws of the state and are regarded as a serious crime. They are placed under a felony class offense under the code section 61-3-54.
The identity theft laws in the state are as follows:
- An individual committing identity theft should face a fine of more than $1,000 or penitentiary for up to 5 years.
- According to the state law, the criminal statutes of identity theft laws are not applicable if the fraudster is a minor.
- An identity thief is subjected to probation and may be ordered to pay restitution, depending upon the loss incurred by the identity theft victim.