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Bill Gives Attorney General More Power to Fight Cyber Crime

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LAS VEGAS -- Legislation that would give the Nevada Attorney General's office more authority to prosecute technological crimes was introduced Monday in the state Senate Government Affairs Committee.

Senate Bill 25 authorizes the attorney general's office to investigate and prosecute alleged technological crimes, pursue the forfeiture of property related to those cases and seek ways to prevent a reccurrence. 

Nevadans in 2011 filed complaints with the national Internet Crime Complaint Center at a rate of 130 per 100,000 residents, third highest rate among states in the nation. Only Alaska (196 complaints per 100,000) and New Jersey (131 per 100,000) topped Nevada.

Nevada also ranked 19th that year with reported losses of more than $6.1 million that were attributed to Internet crimes. That translated to an average loss of $178.80 per resident, 15th highest in the nation.

More detailed statistics from the complaint center for 2010 showed that 20 percent of the cases from Nevada had to do with identity theft, making it the leading category for complaints. Non-delivery of merchandise or payment was next on the list, making up 18.1 percent of complaints.

Among those who complained, slightly more than 51 percent were women. But nearly 74 percent of the alleged perpetrators were male. Of the alleged perpetrators reported to the complaint center, 79.28 per 100,000 residents resided in Nevada, the third highest rate in the country.

The complaint center is a partnership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Justice Assistance and National White Collar Crime Center.


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