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Updated: 
October 8, 2019

35-43-5-3.8. Synthetic identity deception

(a) A person who knowingly or intentionally obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses the synthetic identifying information:

(1) with intent to harm or defraud another person;

(2) with intent to assume another person’s identity; or

(3) with intent to profess to be another person;

commits synthetic identity deception, a Level 6 felony.

(b) The offense under subsection (a) is a Level 5 felony if:

(1) a person obtains, possesses, transfers, or uses the synthetic identifying information of more than one hundred (100) persons; or

(2) the fair market value of the fraud or harm caused by the offense is at least fifty thousand dollars ($50,000).

(c) The conduct prohibited in subsections (a) and (b) does not apply to:

(1) a person less than twenty-one (21) years of age who uses the synthetic identifying information of another person to acquire an alcoholic beverage (as defined in IC 7.1-1-3-5); or

(2) a minor (as defined in IC 35-49-1-4) who uses the synthetic identifying information of another person to acquire:

(A) a cigarette or tobacco product (as defined in IC 6-7-2-5);

(B) a periodical, a videotape, or other communication medium that contains or depicts nudity (as defined in IC 35-49-1-5);

(C) admittance to a performance (live or on film) that prohibits the attendance of the minor based on age; or

(D) an item that is prohibited by law for use or consumption by a minor.

(d) It is not a defense in a prosecution under subsection (a) or (b) that no person was harmed or defrauded.