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The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BUSINESS | -

Pro­tect­ing against iden­tity theft

The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment isn’t co­or­di­nat­ing its ef­forts to stop iden­tity theft and has failed to make a crime that af­fects 10 mil­lion Amer­i­cans each year a pri­or­ity, a depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tor found.

“The depart­ment does not have its own in­ter­nal strat­egy to com­bat iden­tity theft,” ac­cord­ing to a re­port by In­spec­tor Gen­eral Glenn Fine.

The re­port rec­om­mended the depart­ment name some­one to fo­cus on iden­tity theft. “We con­cur with the rec­om­men­da­tions,” said Tracy Sch­maler, a depart­ment spokes­woman.

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