The task force is comprised of the U.S. Secret Service and police agencies throughout Utah.
The Unified Police Department joined the task force and has brought about the first case that will be prosecuted federally instead of the state level.
“Bringing the cases to the federal jurisdiction is the biggest benefit for communities because in the federal court system there's much more stricter sentences for these violations,” says the Secret Service’s Mike Mantyla the Resident Agent in Charge.
And the test case involves Jen Bevan. She is a Riverton homeowner who was victimized by a couple.
“This guy pulls into my driveway went into my garage and stole my things in the garage, stole my wallet and took all my credit cards,” Bevan says.
A few days later, the thief and a woman went on a shopping spree running up more than a thousand dollars in charges.
But Bevan had a security camera at her home which captured images of the suspect.
Unified police detectives zero in on surveillance photos at the stores. They passed them along to other police agencies.
"Eventually these people were identified and were identified by another agency not sure which one but were arrested,” says Mike Gleiden with the Unified Police Department.
Jason Kettler and Chaunte Thompson were arrested for burglary and identity theft.
But instead of facing state charges, Unified Police and the Secret Service will bring this case to federal prosecutors for an indictment.
“If anybody's ever had their identity stolen I think they'll be very sympathetic to this new approach,” says Sheriff Jim Winder. “We're done with it and we're coming after them with both barrels."
Normally the cases are prosecuted at the state level.
“What we're seeing is a real difficulty into getting these into state court and having them taken seriously,” says Sheriff Winder. “I'm not saying the state courts are not working hard at it, it's a volume issue.”
And often times it can result in plea bargain for those accused of identity theft. But with this new joint task force, federal prosecutors will take over these cases.
And for identity theft victims like Bevan there's an opportunity for justice.
“I think it's fantastic that they take this more seriously,” she says.