A new financial fraud law in Washington state takes on perpetrators of identity theft and other financial fraud-related crimes. SSB 5719-Prohibits the use of plastic card-scanning devices for the purpose of fraud; ESHB 1845-Exempts plastic card numbers, card expiration dates, electronic check numbers, and financial institution account numbers from disclosure in public records; ESHB 1844-Creates new crimes, making it unlawful to: * Produce checks with the name or routing number of another person without that person’s permission; * Possess two or more plastic cards without the card owner’s permission; * Possess devices that manufacture identification cards with the intent to commit a crime; * Possess another person’s identification card with the intent to commit a crime; * Possess equipment or software used to produce checks with the intent to use or distribute the checks, thereby defrauding an account holder or financial institution; * Possess another person’s identification without permission; and SSB 5716-Makes it a class C felony for any person to manufacture, sell, or deliver forged, stolen, fictitious, counterfeit, fraudulently altered, blank, or unlawfully issued state driver’s licenses or identicards. Allow the crime of identity theft to be prosecuted in any locality where the victim or financial institution is located, or where any part of the offense took place (regardless of whether the perpetrator was ever in that location). SB 5720-Invalidates contractual provisions between plastic card issuers and merchants, which prohibit the merchant from asking for additional identification.

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