SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new state law increases the penalties for identity theft committed against members of the military serving abroad.
It is House Bill 1236 and it aims to protect service members while they're overseas.
State Representative Jil Tracy is one of the bill's sponsors. She says identity thieves often target service members once they've been deployed because they aren't able to monitor their finances.
The bill increases the penalty for identity crimes against deployed service members by one class for each offense.
Governor Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) signed the bill during Veterans' Day at the State Fair.
The bill goes into effect on January First, 2008.