Identity theft legislation passes House committee

03/24/2016 02:48 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would provide protection to victims of identity theft was unanimously passed by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Thursday.

House Bill 256, sponsored by Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, brings attention and provides protection to victims of identity theft.

The bill provides a legal remedy for those victims of ientity theft to have their records expunged if they were falsely charged of a crime. An individual arrested for a crime can apply for expedited expungement of their record within 30 days at no cost upon acquittal or dismissal of charges.

Meeks’ idea for the bill came from a Louisville man, Eric Leichty, who had his identity stolen which led to a number of issues.

“He goes to work he discovers that he’s been fired because his employer finds out that he was on Louisville’s most wanted for a charge of felony theft,” Meeks said. “The gentleman who stole his identity went out and stole a car and when he was stopped for erratic driving, he gave the police Mr. Leichty’s identity.”

The legislation calls for two processes for a person to get their charge expunged, if a persons identity is stolen.

“One process calls for you to go to court, file a motion for expungement, and the other calls for an expedited process whereby the expungement is part of the decision of the lower court,” Meeks said. “The bill says that if an insurance company, as a result of having received notice of your charge, increases your rates, then they will refund that to you upon presentation of proof that your charge has been expunged.”

The bill moves on to the full Senate for consideration.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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