Forgery is a type of fraud that is considered both a white collar crime and a theft crime.
Although most people think of forgery as simply signing someone else’s name, the offense of forgery is actually much more elaborate. Forgery occurs when you intend to commit a fraud and:
- sign someone else’s name without authorization,
- counterfeit or recreate the seal or handwriting of another without prior approval,
- alter, corrupt, or falsify specific legal written documents, such as a will or court record,
- falsely make, alter, recreate, counterfeit, utter, or publish any document or item relating to money, stocks, a sale, transfer, or exchange of goods or property, any written document relating to how one intends to dispose of his/her property upon death, a legal document other than a will or court record (a power of attorney, for example), or a notarized document.
California forgery law only applies to acts that prejudice, damage, or defraud another out of money, an interest in property, and/or other legal rights.
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