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Online impersonation bill to toughen penalties moves forward

Online impersonation bill to toughen penalties moves forward
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 5:34pm

If you try to take somebody's online identity you could soon pay a heavy price.

House Bill 96 makes it a crime to use someone's online profile without their permission. You could get up to six months behind bars the first time you commit that crime. The penalty for a second offense could be as much as ten years in prison.

Representative Helena Moreno authored the bill. She says harsher penalties are necessary because someone taking your identity online could cost your job.

"It's sending terrible emails to possibly your employer,” Rep. Helena Moreno (D) New Orleans, said. “It's something that is becoming prevalent across the country. It's something that's definitely happening in the state of Louisiana"

The bill was approved by the house committee on criminal justice. It now moves to the house floor.

A similar law is already in place in Texas, California, Hawaii and New York.

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