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Pennsylvania identity theft case trends

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June 7, 2019

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a gradual decrease in identity theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent use of another person’s identifying information (social security number, bank account, birth certificate etc.).

The infographic below highlights key data including defendant demographics, identity theft case counts and outcomes as well as county-level data where identity theft is most prevalent (also see editor’s note).  

A high-resolution file of the graphic is available for download at www.pacourts.us under Media Resources.

Pennsylvania identity theft case trends

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Media contact:    Kim Bathgate, 717-231-3331

Editor’s note:

 

Statewide number of criminal cases filed from 1/1/2014 through 12/31/2018 with a Title 18 - Section 4120 - Subsection A (Identity Theft) offense, as recorded in the Magisterial District Judge System (MDJS) and Common Pleas Case Management System (CPCMS)

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

Percentage of Total

Adams

8

6

8

8

8

38

0.43%

Allegheny

150

188

147

137

152

774

8.83%

Armstrong

1

5

12

1

2

21

0.24%

Beaver

15

31

7

12

19

84

0.96%

Bedford

3

4

5

6

2

20

0.23%

Berks

57

46

70

59

64

296

3.38%

Blair

21

21

18

16

13

89

1.01%

Bradford

6

4

3

3

2

18

0.21%

Bucks

115

135

127

147

111

635

7.24%

Butler

34

28

45

27

11

145

1.65%

Cambria

16

17

13

11

2

59

0.67%

Cameron

0

0

0

0

3

3

0.03%

Carbon

13

12

5

22

9

61

0.70%

Centre

15

41

7

19

14

96

1.09%

Chester

76

100

158

96

125

555

6.33%

Clarion

3

4

4

1

4

16

0.18%

Clearfield

1

1

2

1

2

7

0.08%

Clinton

0

0

4

3

2

9

0.10%

Columbia

8

9

10

6

3

36

0.41%

Crawford

4

8

12

6

5

35

0.40%

Cumberland

42

46

36

57

40

221

2.52%

Dauphin

50

53

39

65

50

257

2.93%

Delaware

125

137

121

123

113

619

7.06%

Elk

2

1

5

2

1

11

0.13%

Erie

25

23

19

13

15

95

1.08%

Fayette

9

9

13

12

4

47

0.54%

Forest

0

1

0

0

0

1

0.01%

Franklin

27

18

27

20

15

107

1.22%

Fulton

0

4

4

1

2

11

0.13%

Greene

4

7

5

9

0

25

0.29%

Huntingdon

4

5

6

2

3

20

0.23%

Indiana

3

6

2

9

10

30

0.34%

Jefferson

3

5

3

9

7

27

0.31%

Juniata

2

0

0

2

2

6

0.07%

Lackawanna

16

19

12

25

19

91

1.04%

Lancaster

24

31

26

27

33

141

1.61%

Lawrence

7

5

6

4

6

28

0.32%

Lebanon

25

15

27

16

19

102

1.16%

Lehigh

20

32

29

35

23

139

1.59%

Luzerne

35

17

18

22

28

120

1.37%

Lycoming

15

12

24

8

11

70

0.80%

McKean

3

4

1

2

2

12

0.14%

Mercer

15

10

28

10

11

74

0.84%

Mifflin

1

1

0

0

0

2

0.02%

Monroe

15

11

15

22

19

82

0.94%

Montgomery

257

262

302

311

259

1,391

15.86%

Montour

3

3

2

1

2

11

0.13%

Northampton

21

19

39

31

43

153

1.74%

Northumberland

5

16

11

9

13

54

0.62%

Perry

5

5

6

3

3

22

0.25%

Philadelphia

176

181

203

165

120

845

9.64%

Pike

4

4

6

7

8

29

0.33%

Potter

1

5

1

1

2

10

0.11%

Schuylkill

22

16

16

23

12

89

1.01%

Snyder

2

1

1

6

4

14

0.16%

Somerset

9

4

4

3

7

27

0.31%

Susquehanna

0

4

2

3

4

13

0.15%

Tioga

4

3

5

3

2

17

0.19%

Union

0

0

4

0

11

15

0.17%

Venango

9

10

13

15

9

56

0.64%

Warren

11

3

7

3

0

24

0.27%

Washington

18

24

25

10

20

97

1.11%

Wayne

8

4

3

5

1

21

0.24%

Westmoreland

34

49

51

40

43

217

2.47%

Wyoming

7

3

1

3

3

17

0.19%

York

52

72

56

65

67

312

3.56%

Grand Total

1,666

1,820

1,881

1,783

1,619

8,769

N/A

 

 

Total cases with an ARD or Conviction

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

ARD Only

110

140

97

98

80

525

Convictions Only

380

483

485

382

251

1,981

Total:  ARD + Convictions

490

623

582

480

331

2,506

 

Percentage of cases with an ARD or Conviction

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

ARD Only

6.60%

7.69%

5.16%

5.50%

4.94%

5.99%

Convictions Only

22.81%

26.54%

25.78%

21.42%

15.50%

22.59%

Total:  ARD + Convictions

29.41%

34.23%

30.94%

26.92%

20.44%

28.58%

 

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