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What Are Fraudulent Checks?
Fraudulent checks are checks that have been counterfeited or altered so that they can be used in order to deceive another party. They are sometimes used to authorize sales that the check writer is not actually eligible to perform. Or, they may be used to provide payments that the fraudster actually does not have.
Check fraud is a serious violation and can often happen at many levels, ranging from small personal purchases to higher-level business schemes.
In What Ways Can Checks Be Fraudulent?
There are many ways that a check can be fraudulent, including:
- The check itself was reproduced or counterfeited illegally.
- The signature of the check was forged.
- Various misrepresentations were made regarding the dollar amount of the check.
- There are issues regarding the funds actually contained in the checking account (a major factor in check kiting and other schemes).
Additionally, fraudulent checks are often connected with other types of fraud and white-collar crime, such as embezzlement or money order fraud. Altered checks and unauthorized changes to previous checks may also be a source of check fraud.
Lastly, overall identity theft is also commonly related to check fraud. If a person is able to steal one’s identity, then they can sometimes be able to issue checks under their name.
Are There Any Legal Penalties Associated with Fraudulent Checks?
Check fraud can often result in criminal misdemeanor charges, punishable by a jail sentence and/or criminal fines. In addition, the other parties may choose to file a civil lawsuit against the defendant, in order to recover other damages caused by the fraudulent check.
In serious cases, the use of a fraudulent check can result in felony charges, which are met with greater punishments and longer sentences. Felony check fraud usually occurs for fraud involving very large amounts of money.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Fraudulent Check Issues?
Dealing with check fraud and other types of legal issues can be very daunting if you don’t have proper legal representation. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you need assistance with any type of check fraud claims or legal actions. Your attorney can provide you with advice and can represent you during any court hearings or meetings.
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Last Modified: 12-23-2013 05:10 PM PST
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