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VOL. 36 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 24, 2012




Tennessee opens new unit to investigate identity theft

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee's safety department is creating a new unit to investigate identity theft crimes that local law enforcement agencies don't have the resources to target.

Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons announced on Tuesday that the 14-member unit would be made up of personnel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the state Office of Homeland Security and the Driver Services division.

In addition, the unit will be working with the U.S. Secret Service in Memphis and Nashville, the federal Homeland Security Investigations department and the FBI's Memphis division.

Gibbons said identity theft and fraud crimes are a growing problem in Tennessee, but many local law enforcement agencies don't have enough resources or manpower to investigate these crimes.

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