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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

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ENFORCEMENT

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

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Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions regarding the Department of Public Safety and the Office
             11      of the Attorney General regarding the multi-agency criminal strike force.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    transfers from the Office of the Attorney General to the Department of Public Safety
             15      the management of the multi-agency strike force created to combat violent and other
             16      major felony crimes associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking and
             17      to investigate fraudulent document crimes; and
             18          .    includes uncodified language regarding the transfer of operations of the strike force,
             19      including compensation to victims of identity fraud.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26           63G-12-103 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 369
             27      ENACTS:


             28           53-1-401 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29      REPEALS:
             30           67-5-22.7 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 18
             31      Uncodified Material Affected:
             32      ENACTS UNCODIFIED MATERIAL
             33     
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 53-1-401 is enacted to read:
             36          53-1-401. Multi-agency strike force to combat violent and other major felony
             37      crimes associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking -- Fraudulent
             38      Documents Identification Unit.
             39          (1) The Department of Public Safety is authorized to administer and coordinate the
             40      operation of a multi-agency strike force to combat violent and other major felony crimes
             41      committed within the state that are associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking.
             42          (2) The department shall invite officers of the United States Immigration and Customs
             43      Enforcement and state and local law enforcement personnel to participate in this mutually
             44      supportive multi-agency strike force to more effectively utilize their combined skills, expertise,
             45      and resources.
             46          (3) The strike force shall focus its efforts on detecting, investigating, deterring, and
             47      eradicating violent and other major felony criminal activity related to illegal immigration and
             48      human trafficking.
             49          (4) In conjunction with the strike force and subject to available funding, the
             50      Department of Public Safety shall establish a Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit:
             51          (a) for the primary purpose of investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting individuals
             52      or entities that participate in the sale or distribution of fraudulent documents used for
             53      identification purposes;
             54          (b) to specialize in fraudulent identification documents created and prepared for
             55      individuals who are unlawfully residing within the state; and
             56          (c) to administer the Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account created under
             57      Subsection (5).
             58          (5) (a) There is created a restricted account in the General Fund known as the "Identity


             59      Theft Victims Restricted Account."
             60          (b) The Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account consists of money appropriated to
             61      the Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account by the Legislature.
             62          (c) (i) Beginning on the program start date as defined in Section 63G-12-102 , the
             63      Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit may expend the money in the Identity Theft Victims
             64      Restricted Account to pay a claim as provided in this Subsection (5) to a person who is a victim
             65      of an identity theft offense that is prosecuted under Section 76-6-1102 or 76-10-1801 .
             66          (ii) Payments under this Subsection (5)(c) are subject to appropriations from the
             67      Legislature.
             68          (d) To obtain payment from the Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account, a person
             69      shall file a claim with the Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit by no later than one year
             70      after the day on which an individual is convicted, pleads guilty to, pleads no contest to, pleads
             71      guilty in a similar manner to, or resolves by diversion or its equivalent an offense under Section
             72      76-6-1102 or 76-10-1801 for the theft of the identity of the person filing the claim.
             73          (e) A claim filed under this Subsection (5) shall include evidence satisfactory to the
             74      Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit:
             75          (i) that the person is the victim of identity theft described in Subsection (5)(d); and
             76          (ii) of the actual damages experienced by the person as a result of the identity theft that
             77      are not recovered from a public or private source.
             78          (f) The Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit shall pay a claim from the Identity
             79      Theft Victims Restricted Account:
             80          (i) if the Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit determines that the person has
             81      provided sufficient evidence to meet the requirements of Subsection (5)(e);
             82          (ii) in the order that claims are filed with the Fraudulent Documents Identification
             83      Unit; and
             84          (iii) to the extent that there is money in the Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account.
             85          (g) If there is insufficient money in the Identity Theft Victims Restricted Account when
             86      a claim is filed under this Subsection (5) to pay the claim in full, the Fraudulent Documents
             87      Identification Unit may pay a claim when there is sufficient money in the account to pay the
             88      claim in the order that the claims are filed.
             89          (6) The strike force shall make an annual report on its activities to the governor and the


             90      Legislature's Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee by December 1,
             91      together with any proposed recommendations for modifications to this section.
             92          Section 2. Section 63G-12-103 is amended to read:
             93           63G-12-103. Immigration Act Restricted Account.
             94          (1) There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the
             95      "Immigration Act Restricted Account."
             96          (2) (a) The restricted account shall consist of:
             97          (i) a fee collected under this chapter;
             98          (ii) a fine collected under Section 63G-12-207 ;
             99          (iii) civil penalties imposed under Section 63G-12-211 or 63G-12-306 ;
             100          (iv) money appropriated to the restricted account by the Legislature; and
             101          (v) interest earned on the restricted account.
             102          (b) The restricted account shall earn interest.
             103          (3) The Legislature may appropriate money from the restricted account to:
             104          (a) the department and the Office of the Governor to pay the costs associated with the
             105      implementation of Section 63G-12-202 ;
             106          (b) the department to administer this chapter;
             107          (c) the State Tax Commission for costs associated with implementing Section
             108      63G-12-203 ;
             109          (d) the attorney general for costs associated with:
             110          (i) litigation related to this chapter;
             111          (ii) a multi-agency strike force created under Section [ 67-5-22.7 ] 53-1-401 ; or
             112          (iii) a memorandum of understanding executed under Section 67-5-28 ; and
             113          (e) the Identity Theft Restricted Account created in Section [ 67-5-22.7 ] 53-1-401 .
             114          Section 3. Repealer.
             115          This bill repeals:
             116          Section 67-5-22.7 , Multi-agency strike force to combat violent and other major
             117      felony crimes associated with illegal immigration and human trafficking -- Fraudulent
             118      Documents Identification Unit.
             119          Section 4. Transfer of responsibilities and duties related to the strike force.
             120          (1) On or before July 1, 2014, the Department of Public Safety shall establish a


             121      Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit. On July 1, 2014, the unit shall assume the
             122      responsibilities and duties previously allocated to the Fraudulent Documents Identification Unit
             123      created within the Office of the Attorney General.
             124          (2) The Office of the Attorney General shall work with the Department of Public
             125      Safety to ensure a prompt and effective transfer of responsibility, including the processing of
             126      victims' claims under Section 53-1-401 that are outstanding on July 1, 2014.
             127          (3) On July 1, 2014, authority under Section 67-5-22.7 to distribute money in the Theft
             128      Victims Restricted Account is transferred to the Department of Public Safety.
             129          Section 5. Effective date.
             130          This bill takes effect on July 1, 2014.




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