HB 2625 by Rep. Mary Ann Perez (D-Houston) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) makes it an offense to obtain, possess, transfer, or use five or more counterfeit credit or debit cards or to have the digital data of five or more cards without the accountholder's consent. The degree of felony charged for the offense rises with the number of cards involved and can be deemed a higher category of offense if the fraud was committed against elderly persons. Restitution to victims could include reimbursement of expenses other than attorneys' fees, such as lost income, that were incurred as a result of the offense.
The bill passed the House on a unanimous vote on May 2 and reported favorably from the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on May 17.
Contact Jeff Huffman, Texas Credit Union Association, at 469-385-6488 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.