ID Theft Legislation

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For the second year in a row, lawmakers have scuttled proposals to make identity theft a felony.

Colorado is one of two states (Vermont's the other state) that haven't made identity theft a felony, something consumer advocates say would help deter criminals from preying on state residents. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Colorado had the fifth highest number of identity theft complaints last year per 100-thousand people.

Lawmakers say they don't have enough money to prosecute and imprison the violators.

The lone remaining measure at the Legislature would allow people to help protect their credit by putting a freeze on their information.

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