May 12 2005


WASHINGTON, D. C.--- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that $118,167 will be released from the U.S. Department of Justice for the Solicitation from Crime and Justice Research program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Solicitation from Crime and Justice Research program will investigate identity thief offenders. Identity theft is the most prevalent form of fraud in the United States, costing consumers an estimated $5 billion and businesses $48 billion each year. By interviewing and researching offenders, this program hopes to learn ways to prevent identity theft from occurring in the future.

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to learn more about convicted identity thieves, their life experiences and their perspectives on the rewards and risks associated with their crimes. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing and most expensive financial crimes in America. I believe this is a worthwhile program and I am pleased the Department of Justice has funded it,” Shelby concluded.

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