- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved a bill authorizing the creation of a registry that lists white collar criminals.

The Republican governor signed the measure Tuesday.

Spanish Fork Republican Rep. Mike McKell sponsored the bill. The idea was originally proposed by Attorney General Sean Reyes to help reduce Utah’s high levels of affinity fraud, in which scammers exploit the trust of others with a shared belief system or culture.

The registry will include names, aliases, photos and other basic information, similar to a sex offender registry.

Criminals will be able to remove their names by paying restitution or if the state believes they are making a good faith effort to do so.

Fraudsters who commit serious felonies will be listed temporarily, but the names will become permanent on a third conviction.

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