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Every few years, a new criminal threat takes shape and creates the potential for  added peril on our citizenry.  Thus far, the 21 st  century has made way for great technological  advances that, in so many ways, have simplified the lives of millions.  However, as our reliance  on the World Wide Web, E-commerce, and other sophisticated types of technology grow, so  does our susceptibility to innovative types of crime, such as cyber fraud. 

Still in its relative infancy, cyber fraud occurs when a theft or scam is conducted by way of  electronic communication.  The popularity of websites like eBay and Craigslist offer a plethora  of opportunities for scam artists to prey on unsuspecting, faceless consumers.  Due to the unique  and advanced nature of this crime, law enforcement often lacks the proper means needed to  pursue offenders. 

Clearly, for the sake of our families and friends, something must change in order to put these  criminals behind bars.

That is why I recently introduced legislation that will provide the Ohio Attorney General's  Office with the ability to exercise subpoena power over phone records, payment information, and  Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  A very real tragedy of cyber fraud is that it is often aimed at the  most vulnerable members of our communities.  In order to combat this, my bill creates additional  criminal penalties to be applied to those who commit such crimes against elderly or disabled  citizens.  In addition, the Attorney General will soon be able to draw on resources from the  Telemarketing Fraud Enforcement Fund for expenses incurred while investigating and  prosecuting these types of cases.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Representative Ross McGregor (R - Springfield) are  proven allies in this crusade against a cowardly and growing criminal activity.  I joined Attorney  General DeWine last month at a press conference to announce the introduction of both my bill  and Representative McGregor's companion legislation in the Ohio House.  Together, we look  forward to engaging our colleagues and interested parties on turning these measures into Ohio  law and making our state a much safer place.
 
 
 
  
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