Identity Theft

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Attorney Gen. Jim Petro is trying to help victims of identity theft.

The state's top lawyer introduced wallet-size Theft Verification Passport cards Tuesday in Cleveland.

Identify theft victims will be able to show the ID cards to creditors, banks and police while they try to recover from financial losses or crimes others committed using their personal information.

Petro says identity theft victims need the cars because it can sometimes take more than a year for people to restore their good name and their credit.

The cards will verify a person's identity through a photograph, fingerprint and signature. The victim also must undergo a background check to receive the card and police must confirm the crime has occurred.

Petro estimates that more than 100,000 Ohioans are victims of identity theft every year.