What are the laws

What are the laws

Identity theft is defined as the intentional use, possession, transfer, or attempted use, with fraudulent intent, by any person of any personal identifying information of another person to obtain, possess, or transfer credit, money, goods, services, or anything else of value without the authorization or consent of the other person.

Personal identifying information (PII) includes:

  • A person's telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Birth certificate
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Digital signatures
  • Social security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Financial institution account number
  • Checking account or savings account number
  • Credit card or debit card number
  • Electronic identification number
  • Armed forces identification number
  • Government issued identification number
In Louisiana, forgery is defined as the forging of a signature to any writing purported to have legal efficacy, with intent to defraud. Knowingly issuing, transferring, or possessing a forged document with intent to defraud is also considered forgery.

What are the Penalties for White Collar Crimes in Louisiana?

A forgery conviction is punishable by:

  • a fine of up to $5,000 and/or
  • imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for up to 10 years.
Identity theft conviction penalties are far more complicated.

When an identity theft case involves a value of less than $300, an offender can be sentenced to:
  • a fine of up to $500 and/or
  • up to six-month imprisonment, with or without hard labor.


When an identity theft case involves a value of $300 but less than $500, an offender can be sentenced to:
  • a fine of up to $3,000 and/or
  • up to three years imprisonment, with or without hard labor.


If an identity theft case involves a value of $500 but less than $1,000, an offender can be sentenced to:
  • a fine of up to $5,000 and/or
  • up to five years imprisonment, with or without hard labor.


When an identity theft case involves a value of $1,000 or more, a person can be sentenced to:
  • a fine of up to $10,000 and/or
  • up to 10 years imprisonment, with or without hard labor.


For a third or subsequent identity theft conviction, an offender can be sentenced to:
  • up to 10-years imprisonment, with or without hard labor and/or
  • a fine of up to $20,000.
An alleged offender can also be ordered to make full restitution to the alleged victim and any other person who has suffered a financial loss as a result of the forgery.

Contact The Norris Law Group

If you were arrested or believe you are under investigation for a white-collar crime in Shreveport-Bossier, protect your freedom and livelihood by turning to a criminal defense attorney.

The Norris Law Group will fight to ensure you achieve the most favorable resolution to your case, such as having the criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (318) 771-7000 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.