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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   The Dougherty District Attorney files a civil racketeering action against an Albany man charged with identity theft and fraud involving dozens of victims.

The D.A. also says he's working on another civil racketeering forfeiture case.  He says taking the profit out of crime will help prevent crime.

The District Attorney's office filed a 31 page racketeering civil forfeiture action against 26 year old Kevin Jackson. 

 In the notice the state says Jackson stole personal and financial information from at least 35 people, and applied for replacement credit cards in their names. Greg Edwards wants to confiscate Jackson's money and car...and charge him three times the actual damages and punitive damages of the victims.

 Edwards said "We want to make sure there is no profit from criminal activity."

The D.A. said he is also preparing a similar racketeering action against 28 year old Seth Donelly, who is charged with computer theft, accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the Wynnsong Cinema, where he was the manager.

 Edwards said "You can view it as another means to hopefully deter crime.  And we want to try to try to make sure we use that whenever we can."

the action against Jackson also requests that he pay the State's attorney and court fees, and the costs of their investigation.  

Some of the money would go to the victims, and some to law enforcement. The D.A. says his office will use forfeiture actions more in the future, and will assign a prosecutor to handle those cases. The D.A. says that money obtained from racketeering forfeitures can be used to pay for cops' training,  and equipment.

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