Paradee bill would close debit card loophole

By Kelli Steele 8:05am, March 20, 2014 - Updated 10:14am, March 20, 2014
Criminals caught stealing or misusing debit cards would face the same penalties as credit card thieves under legislation crafted by Representative Trey Paradee.

House Bill 246 was introduced Wednesday; it would close a loophole in the law and update Delaware’s criminal code and broaden the unlawful use of a credit card statute to include debit cards and other types of payment cards.

Prosecutors have encountered cases where the state's credit card fraud law is not sufficient to charge and convicts some defendants.

Convictions for various payment card crimes in Delaware range from misdemeanors to felonies that include mandatory jail time.

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