LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Just six months after taking office, the Los Angeles County District Attorney is declaring war on cyber crime.

KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports Jackie Lacey isn’t content with simply being the county’s first female District Attorney.

Upon taking office in December, Lacey signaled her plans to expand the D.A.’s capability to take on investigations involving credit card and banking fraud, Internet crimes, and sexual predators who use technology in their criminal pursuits.

Under Lacey, the High Technology Crime Division is tasked with prosecutions and providing technical support and forensic services for identity theft, computer hacking, and other cyber-crime cases.

Now Lacey is proposing a partnership with the banking and insurance sectors to use some of their own investigators to assist the D.A.’s own high-tech unit.

“We are going to go aggressively after cyber-crimes, people who are stealing your access cards, your credit cards and your ATM cards by using skimmers at restaurants and at gas stations,” Lacey said.

In addition to training 20 prosecutors in the D.A.’s office to assist the high-tech unit, Lacey is also urging local police departments to crack down on identity theft and other cyber crimes.

Lacey also admitted she has been personally victimized by identity theft on three separate occasions.


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