As a victim of identity theft, my MA in Psychology from Marist College, and my BS in Criminology from University of Wisconsin served me well. However, my degrees frustrated me more than helped my situation. Why?
Because I have some knowledge of law, it was frustrating to me that law enforcement treats identity theft as civil, not criminal. My background taught me that theft is a crime. It was an eye opener to find that the DA has the discretion whether to take a case or not, based on his whim. No wonder cyber crime is growing at a horrific rate…if the thief knows he won’t be punished, why not steal?
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