Forgery is a form of false documentation that has been created on the basis of deception. In this instance, documentation can include anything from money to statistics to legal papers. In order for the perpetrator to falsely utilize these writings, he or she must have created, altered, issued, authenticated, or transferred them. The use of known false documents is also defined as forgery.

Forgery is considered a form of fraud in the United States. Fraud is deemed a felony in the US, and is therefore punishable as such. Those who engage in forgery face severe penalties if they are caught.

Examples of Forgery

Simple examples of forgery include quick and simple alterations to documents. For example, changing the monetary amount on a check is an act of forgery. Similarly, signing or authenticating a document such as a check with someone else’s signature is also considered forgery.

One of the most well-known forms of forgery is the production of false money, such as the printing of fake paper currency. This act is also known as counterfeiting.

The writing or alteration of another person’s legal documents, such as a will, to include within it personal and unapproved statements is another example of forgery. Even though these documents may have a true signature on them, the contents have been forged.

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If you have been accused of or charged with forgery, then Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis can help you. Please contact his law office today at (512) 472-1950 to set up an appointment.

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