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Norwalk Lawmaker Focuses on Child Identity Theft

What parent would think to run a credit check on their toddler?

Not many, and that is part of the reason state Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, authored a bill to make it a felony to steal a child's personal identifying information . The co-chair of the General Assembly's Banks Committee led the Senate in approving the bill Thursday.

"Because of a loophole in our identity theft laws, if an identity thief were to use the Social Security number of a child with an unrelated third-party name, they would not be in violation," Duff said in a statement.

The legislation — Senate Bill 958, An Act Concerning Child Identity Theft — expands the type of conduct that constitutes an identity theft crime, Duff said, and closes a glitch in state law that put children at risk for identity theft.

"This is a simple bill, but an important bill that will help protect children from identity thieves and from damage they may not even realize has occurred until much later in life," said Duff, who also represents part of Darien.

It now moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration. It was previously approved unanimously by both the Banks and Judiciary Committees.

The 2011 regular legislative session adjourns June 8.

Do you know a child who has been a victim of identity theft? Send an email to nchapman@thedailynorwalk.com .

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