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Legal Statutes: Wyoming

UPDATED December 23, 2016

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Article 9. Theft of Identity

back to top6-3-901. Unauthorized use of personal identifying information; penalties; restitution

(a)  Every person who willfully obtains personal identifying information of another person, and uses that information for any unlawful purpose, including to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, goods, services or medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person is guilty of theft of identity.

(b)  As used in this section “personal identifying information” means the name or any of the following data elements of an individual person:

(i)  Address;

(ii)  Telephone number;

(iii)  Social security number;

(iv)  Driver’s license number;

(v)  Account number, credit card number or debit card number in combination with any security code, access code or password that would allow access to a financial account of the person;

(vi)  Tribal identification card;

(vii)  Federal or state government issued identification card;

(viii)  Shared secrets or security tokens that are known to be used for data based authentication;

(ix)  A username or email address, in combination with a password or security question and answer that would permit access to an online account;

(x)  A birth or marriage certificate;

(xi)  Medical information, meaning a person’s medical history, mental or physical condition, or medical treatment or diagnosis by a health care professional;

(xii)  Health insurance information, meaning a person’s health insurance policy number or subscriber identification number, any unique identifier used by a health insurer to identify the person or information related to a person’s application and claims history;

(xiii)  Unique biometric data, meaning data generated from measurements or analysis of human body characteristics for authentication purposes;

(xiv)  An individual taxpayer identification number.

(c)  Theft of identity is:

(i)  A misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or both, if no economic benefit was gained or was attempted to be gained, or if an economic benefit of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) was gained or was attempted to be gained by the defendant; or

(ii)  A felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both, if an economic benefit of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more was gained or was attempted to be gained by the defendant.

(d)  If a restitution plan is ordered pursuant to W.S. 7-9-101 through 7-9-115, the court may include, as part of its determination of amount owed pursuant to W.S. 7-9-103, payment for any costs incurred by the victim, including attorney fees, any costs incurred in clearing the credit history or credit rating of the victim or in connection with any civil or administrative proceeding to satisfy any debt, lien or other obligation of the victim arising as a result of the actions of the defendant.

(e)  In any case in which a person willfully obtains personal identifying information of another person, and without the authorization of that person uses that information to commit a crime in addition to a violation of subsection (a) of this section, and is convicted of that crime, the court records shall reflect that the person whose identity was falsely used to commit the crime did not commit the crime.

Laws 1999, ch. 175, § 1; 2000, ch. 48, § 1; 2004, ch. 126, § 1; 2005, ch. 130, § 2; 2015, ch. 63, § 1.