State Fights ID Theft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Governor Doyle is creating a new state
office to deal with identity theft.
The four-person Office of Privacy Protection opened Thursday.
Itsemployees will help local, state and federal authorities
investigate identity crimes.

Identity theft victims, lawmakers and businesses can also use
the office for assistance in dealing with the crime's aftermath and
preventing security breeches.

Doyle says identity crimes have increased 20 percent in
Wisconsin over the last three years, costing state businesses and
consumers 570 (M) million dollars annually.

The Department of Financial Institutions has transferred one
employee and will hire three others to staff the office. The
department will cover the office's operating cost with revenue from
gifts, grants and legal settlements for now.

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