Identity Theft: California Penal Code 530.5

The California law for identity theft is found in California Penal Code section 530.5. In essence, the law makes it a crime to obtain someone else’s identifying information and without permission use the identifying information for some unlawful purpose. Some examples of identity theft include:

  • Credit card fraud or credit card identity theft, which can involve opening a credit card account in someone else’s name or making unauthorized charges on someone else’s account in person or through “Cyber crime” or Internet identify theft.
  • Establishing telephone, cell phone, or other utilities under someone else’s name.
  • Taking out a fraudulent loan or obtaining government documents or benefits using another person’s identity.
  • Bank identity theft or bank fraud, which involves opening a bank account in someone else’s name, writing fraudulent checks, or making unauthorized withdrawals or ATM theft.