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Iowa House OKs Bill Making Identity Theft a Felony

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa House has approved a bill that would make identity theft a felony.

Lawmakers approved the measure 84-11 Monday with bipartisan support. The bill now moves to the Senate.

The legislation raises the minimum sentence for committing identity theft to a class D felony that's punishable by up to five years in prison. Current law charges offenders on a sliding scale from an aggravated misdemeanor to a class D felony.

Republican Rep. Mark Brandenburg of Council Bluffs supports the bill and says raising the penalty would deter such crimes.

Underage kids who use a fake or stolen identification card to enter a bar, buy alcohol or cigarettes or purchase an R-rated movie ticket would be exempt from the felony rule.

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