For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 15, 2004
Statement on H.R. 1731
On Thursday, July 15, 2004, the President signed into law:
H.R. 1731, the "Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act" which increases existing penalties for the crime of identity theft, establishes aggravated identity theft as a criminal offense, and establishes mandatory penalties for aggravated identity theft.