New DL Fighting Fraud

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Officials say new security features on Mississippi drivers' licenses are a step in the right direction toward fighting crimes such as identification theft.

The new procedures include fingerprinting and facial recognition technology.

Master Sgt. James Gann, an investigator with the Public Safety Department's Identity Fraud unit, said the three-person department has investigated more than 200 cases since it was created two years ago.

Gann said the unit has seen everything from people using a relative's name to get a driver's license to people using someone else's name to buy a house or a car.

A total of 814 Mississippians reported being victims of identity theft in 2002, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Of those, reports show 22 percent were victims of more than one type of identity fraud.