The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to adopt new sentencing guidelines for the crime of aggravated identity theft, defined as using a stolen identity to commit other crimes. The new provisions, mandated by the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act of 2004, create a minimum sentence of two years in prison for aggravated identity theft and a minimum of five years in prison for aggravated identity theft with the intent to commit an act of terrorism.
A bill (H.R. 2431) introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would make it a federal crime to use falsified travel documents. Under the measure, it would be illegal to produce, transfer, possess, or use false travel documents. The bill would also provide training for transportation security officers on the best methods to identify false documents.