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TO AMEND SECTION 16-13-510, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO FINANCIAL IDENTITY FRAUD, SO AS TO REVISE AND BROADEN THE DEFINITION OF "PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION", TO DEFINE THE TERM "FINANCIAL RESOURCES", AND TO PROVIDE VENUE FOR PROSECUTION OF AN IDENTITY FRAUD OFFENSE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 16-13-510 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 190 of 2008, is further amended to read:
"Section 16-13-510. (A) It is unlawful for a person to commit the offense of financial identity fraud or identity fraud.
(B) A person is guilty of financial identity fraud when he, without the authorization or permission of another person and with the intent of unlawfully appropriating the financial resources of that person to his own use or the use of a third party
knowingly and wilfully:
(1) obtains or records identifying information which would assist in accessing the financial records of the other person; or
(2) accesses or attempts to access the financial resources of the other person through the use of identifying information as defined in subsection (D).
(C) A person is guilty of identity fraud when he uses identifying information, as defined in subsection (D), of another person for the purpose of obtaining employment or avoiding identification by a law enforcement officer, criminal justice agency, or another governmental agency including, but not limited to, law enforcement, detention, and correctional agencies or facilities.
(D) 'Personal identifying information'
means the first name or first initial and last name in combination with and linked to any one or more of the following data elements that relate to a resident of this State, when the data elements are neither encrypted nor redacted includes, but is not limited to:
(1) social security
(2) driver's license
number numbers or state identification card number numbers issued instead of a driver's license;
financial account number, or credit card or debit card number in combination with any required security code, access code, or password that would permit access to a resident's financial account checking account numbers; or
(4) savings account numbers;
(5) credit card numbers;
(6) debit card numbers;
(7) personal identification (PIN) numbers;
(8) electronic identification numbers;
(9) digital signatures;
(10) date of birth;
(11) name of another person, whether current name or former name used by another person including a first and last name, middle and last name, or first, middle, and last name, but only when these names are used in combination with, and linked to, any other identifying information provided in this section;
(12) address of another person, whether current address or former address, but only when this address is used in combination with, and linked to, any other identifying information provided in this section; or
(13) other numbers, passwords, or other information which may be used to access a person's financial
accounts or resources, numbers, or information issued by a governmental or regulatory entity that uniquely will identify an individual or an individual's financial resources.
The term does not include information that is lawfully obtained from publicly available information, or from federal, state, or local government records lawfully made available to the general public.
(E) 'Financial resources' is defined as including not only existing money and financial wealth, whether contained in a checking account, a savings account, a line of credit or otherwise, but also includes:
(1) a pension plan, retirement fund, annuity, or other fund which makes payments monthly or periodically to the recipient; and
(2) the establishment of a line of credit or an amount of debt whether by loan, credit card, or otherwise for the purpose of obtaining goods, services, or money.
(F) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined in the discretion of the court or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both. The court may order restitution to the victim pursuant to the provisions of Section 17-25-322.
(G) Venue for the prosecution of offenses pursuant to this section is in either the county in which the information is obtained or used or the county in which the victim resided at the time the information was obtained or used."
SECTION 2. The repeal or amendment by this act of any law, whether temporary or permanent or civil or criminal, does not affect pending actions, rights, duties, or liabilities founded thereon, or alter, discharge, release or extinguish any penalty, forfeiture, or liability incurred under the repealed or amended law, unless the repealed or amended provision shall so expressly provide. After the effective date of this act, all laws repealed or amended by this act must be taken and treated as remaining in full force and effect for the purpose of sustaining any pending or vested right, civil action, special proceeding, criminal prosecution, or appeal existing as of the effective date of this act, and for the enforcement of rights, duties, penalties, forfeitures, and liabilities as they stood under the repealed or amended laws.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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