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Jury Instruction 2040. Unauthorized Use of Personal Identity Information

The defendant is charged in Count with the unauthorized use of someone else’s personal identifying information.

To prove that the defendant is guilty of this crime, the People must prove that:

  • 1. The defendant willfully obtained someone else’s personal identifying information
  • 2. The defendant willfully used that information for an unlawful purpose


  • 3. The defendant used the information without the consent of the person whose identifying information he or she was using.

What is Considered Personal Identifying Information?

Personal identifying information means identification that is unique to a specific human being, whether living or dead. It could also mean a firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, company, corporation, limited liability company, public entity, or any other legal entity.

What Does it Mean to Willfully Commit an Act of Identity Theft in California?

Someone commits an act willfully when he or she does it willingly or on purpose.

An unlawful purpose includes unlawfully obtaining or attempting to obtain: 

  • Credit
  • Goods or services
  • Real property
  • Medical information in the name of the other person without the consent of that person

It is not necessary that anyone actually be defrauded or actually suffer a financial, legal, or property loss as a result of the defendant’s acts.



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