In the United States, identity (ID) theft occurs every four seconds, and Washington State ranks 14th out of the 50 states in the reported rate of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission reports that Washington residents reported 5,855 incidents of identity theft in 2008. It is one of the fastest growing crimes in America.
I am committed to combating ID theft in King County and throughout the state. I co-chair, with Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington’s Law Enforcement Group Against Identity Theft (LEGIT), a statewide coalition of investigators focused on ID theft prevention, education, and legislative reform. I served in this role with former Attorney General Rob McKenna as well.
In King County, I have partnered with police and financial institutions to develop a more regional and coordinated approach to tackle this troubling crime. Together, we have formed “ID Tip,” a taskforce designed to share investigative information that allows police and prosecutors identify and target King County’s “top-ten most wanted” list of offenders.