Forgery is commonly thought of as the white collar crime of signing another person’s name to a document, like forging signatures on a check, for instance. But the actual definition of forgery is much more complicated than that, and the penalty for check fraud and the penalty for check forgery aren’t as cut and dried, either. Just within check forgery law, you can have several different types of forgery and fraud crimes, including filling in an amount on a signed check. And forgery goes far beyond checks and bank notes. Creating, forging or altering almost any document, for the intent of fraud or making money, is considered forgery and is subject to state and sometimes federal laws and penalties for individuals caught forging federal documents.
Commonly Forged Documents
While checks are the forged document most people are aware of, there are many other types of documents and instruments that are commonly forged and counterfeited.