Reports of Identity Theft, State by State

Robert M. Ryerson is the author of the book What’s the Deal with Identity Theft? A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. A Certified Financial Planner who serves with Freehold, New Jersey-based New Century Planning, Robert M. Ryerson has leveraged his expertise on the topics of identity theft, cryptocurrencies, and other facets of contemporary financial life to give numerous public presentations and college lectures.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book 2017, Michigan led the nation in the number of identity theft reports per capita that year. The state experienced 151 reports for every 100,000 residents. Florida and California ranked second and third, with 149 and 140 reports, respectively, for every 100,000 of their citizens. Rounding out the top five were Maryland and Nevada.

Had it been ranked as a state, the District of Columbia would have taken first place, with 192 reports of identity theft per 100,000 residents.

The complete FTC data can be viewed, state by state, on the agency’s website.


Robert Ryerson

Although Robert M. Ryerson completed all the necessary requirements to earn bachelor of arts degrees in both English and economics at Rutgers University, college policy at the time prohibited the issuance of dual degrees. As a result, he graduated from Rutgers with a single bachelor of arts in economics before finding employment as a stockbroker with Shearson Lehman American Express in New York City 1984. Robert M. Ryerson has since established himself as a respected estate administrator and legacy planner. In addition to his economics degree from Rutgers, Mr. Ryerson holds several professional designations including Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP)®; Certified In Long Term Care (CLTC)®; Certified Financial Fiduciary (CFF)®, and Certified Identity Theft Risk Magenament Specialist (CITRMS)®. He has shared his knowledge on the subject of identity theft as the author of the book What’s The Deal With Identity Theft?: A Plain-English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime. He has also covered identity theft issues directly for students as the instructor of the adult education course Understanding Identity Theft: Our Fastest Growing Crime.

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