Governor Signs Identity Theft “Skimmers” And Indefinite Detention Bills

Dec 26, 2013

Devices that can be used to steal someone’s personal information when they use a credit card are now illegal in Michigan.

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday banning the sale, purchase, or use of so-called “skimmer” devices.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

The measure got unanimous support in the state Legislature. Lawmakers say identity thieves can install the devices easily on ATMs and other credit card readers. They say the use of “skimmers” is a nationwide problem.

Anyone who violates the new law could face felony charges that come with up to five years in prison and a hundred-thousand dollar fine.

The package of bills also increases penalties for other types of identity theft.