Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008

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Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008


This bill was passed in 2008 by former President Georgie W. Bush. It amends the federal criminal code to:

*In total, there are 8 amendments*

(1) authorize criminal restitution orders in identity theft cases to compensate victims for the time spent to remediate the intended or actual harm incurred; (2) allow prosecution of computer fraud offenses for conduct not involving an interstate or foreign communication; (3) eliminate the requirement that damage to a victim's computer aggregate at least $5,000 before a prosecution can be brought for unauthorized access to a computer; etc.

It directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to review its guidelines and policy statements for the sentencing of persons convicted of identity theft, computer fraud, illegal wiretapping, and unlawful access to stored information to reflect the intent of Congress that penalties for such offenses be increased. Sets forth criteria for updating such guidelines and policy statements.



September 26, 2008



John Conyers, "Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act of 2008," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #176, (accessed November 30, 2021).