Ohio Identity Theft on the Rise

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Authorities in Ohio are seeing what they call an "alarming" increase in identity theft cases.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has seen more than double the number of cases as it did last year.

The agency says troopers discovered them during traffic stops or phony paperwork turned in to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles by people seeking drivers' licenses, state ID cards and vehicle registrations.

Officials at the agency's Marietta Post say it's just as much of a concern here as it is in the big cities.

"Criminals are not partial to where they commit crimes. Anywhere they feel they can obtain someone's identity or steal someone's identity, they will do so," Sergeant Matt Boyd said.

Troopers say the increase in identity theft cases can also be attributed to the training and education they've received to help spot false documents.

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