Identity theft is not a victimless crime

In her article, “Welcoming strangers” (CR, Jan.24), Sister Linda Stilling recounted a sympathetic anecdote concerning an undocumented alien with a fraudulent driver’s license bearing another man’s photo.

This person may have been an identity thief.

Where is Sister’s compassion for the innocent victims of identity theft?  Thousands of Americans are victimized by this crime every year, causing them untold financial, legal and social hardships.  Some victims spend years trying to extricate themselves from the problems caused by identity thieves.  Identity theft is not a victimless crime and there is no moral justification for such criminality.


Mary Catalfamo


Feb. 8, 2013 

Catholic Review

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