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Id theft: 13.3 per minute

Date: May 16, 2006
By: Mary Ann Cavazos

U.S. identity theft cases: 19,178 per day, 799 per hour and 13.3 every minute.

A silent stalker of victims, identity theft is receiving growing attention from members of law enforcement in the Coastal Bend.

In April, about 142 cases relating to financial theft were filed with the Corpus Christi Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division. Seventy-eight were assigned to detectives, and 16 of those have been solved, police said.

"It's there. Its continuous - and that's just the people that reported it," Capt. John Houston said, explaining the department has a backlog of reports and the number of cases could be even higher. Houston oversees 40 officers in the Criminal Investigations Division. Now five of the 40 officers in the division work on financial theft cases.

Many victims don't realize their lives have been violated until months after the crime is committed, police say.
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