Financial Crimes

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity theft occurs when someone, without your permission, gains access to personal information such as name, address, credit card information or social security number. They may then use that information to open bank accounts or charge cards under your name. They may borrow money or manufacture checks in your name. They can then order merchandise, phone cards, or any other items they desire.

How Does Someone Get Access To Your Information?

A person can get access to your information a number of different ways such as stealing wallets or purses, stealing your mail (credit card statement or pre-approved credit offers), pulling your credit report, and taking information from the internet.

What Should You Do If You Become A Victim Of Identity Theft?

As a victim of identity theft, the County Attorney's office would like to provide you with resources to help you recover from identity theft. The County Attorney's office provides information on how to limit any further misuse of your identity. Find more information from Quick Links, or visit the websites listed below. 

Credit Bureaus:

Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
Experian: 1-888-397-3742
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289

If you have been contacted by the County Attorney's office that you are a victim in a case and would like to request restitution, please follow the instruction below to complete the Affidavit for Restitution:

  1. Complete the fillable Affidavit of Restitution (PDF) form and print.
  2. Sign the affidavit before a notary public.
  3. Attach copies of supporting documentation.
  4. Return the affidavit to the Court Administrator at the following address:
    Washington County Court Administration
    ATTN: Criminal Division
    P. O. Box 3802
    Stillwater, MN 55082