Exactly. I don't think n*ggas in this thread fully understand the full scope of how identity theft affects people's lives.
I think that when comparing the length of his sentence for a non-violent offense vs. some violent offenders getting less time is what seems off but hey thats just the world we live in. But I'd have to agree that people don't quite understand how identity theft can fu*k people's lives up. I think people have this picture in their mind that since the victim isn't responsible for the damage to their credit, that the credit bureaus will remove the negative things on their credit reports, that credit card or loan companies will just erase the debt that was established in their name (some do have programs in place to help with this but not all), or that banks will reimburse the money that was stolen out of their bank accounts. Usually this is something that the victim has to f!ght tooth and nail for long periods of time in order to try to straighten out. Believe me, I know this from both sides. I've worked in many different aspects of finance (ironically for TD Bank for a few years too) and I've also been the victim of identity theft. Luckily it only resulted in a couple thousand dollars of damage and Chase took care of it and the two women that were responsible got some years if I remember correctly (they were already caught and confessed before I even knew that they had stole my sh*t) but everyone isn't so lucky. When I worked in retail banking I've had people come in my office and sit in front of me crying their eyes out because they can't get a loan that they desperately need, a re-fi they need, or even because someone emptied out their bank account. These are people that may have had excellent credit before becoming a victim of identity theft. sh*t is sad as hell. It takes some people years to straighten out the mess that others have done to their credit, and sh*t some people never are able to get it all the way back to how it was before they had their identity stolen. Personally I work very hard to keep a strong credit score and good credit report, so I can only imagine all that hard work and years of being financially diligent and responsible going down the drain. I mean imagine putting your all into creating a show winning classic car and someone coming by and fu*king your sh*t up real bad, and your insurance company says there aint sh*t they can do about it, and you're stuck with it and you have no option of getting another. Sorry for being long winded but this was just something I could kinda relate to.