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what is the statute of limitations on filing charges for fraud or identity theft?
Asked on May 1, 2009 under Criminal Law, Indiana
B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 12 years ago | Contributor
Under Indiana law, "fraud" and "identity theft" might not be the same thing, for purposes of the statute of limitations. Fraud has a six-year statute of limitations, while actions for an injury to person or character, or to personal property, have a two-year limitations period.
Sometimes, a statute of limitations can be extended, as far as the practical effect goes, if the person who has been wronged had no way of knowing what had been done to him or her when it happened, and the statute starts to run when the victim knew (or should have known, if he or she was paying attention) that something was wrong. This can depend on some very fine hair-splitting at times, and you should never count on taking advantage of this.
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