Indiana prosecutors hoping for more resources to fight cybercrimes

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Indiana prosecutors could get more resources to go after cybercrimes.

The House unanimously endorsed a plan to create 10 regional task forces to help prosecutors with high-tech crimes. House Republicans’ budget includes three-million dollars to pay for it.

Avon Republican Greg Steuerwald says the task forces would pursue not only hacking and identity theft, but low-tech crimes with high-tech evidence, like analyzing cell phone records.

Steuerwald says Saint Joseph and Tippecanoe County prosecutors already have high-tech units through partnerships with Notre Dame and Purdue. In other counties, he says, prosecutors may not have the manpower.

A Senate committee is expected to hold a hearing on the proposal next week, though the funding won’t be finalized until the budget is, at the end of April.

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