Check fraud occurs when a person seeks to make a purchase, obtain bank account funds, or finance transactions using a check that is fake or counterfeited.
There are four types of common check fraud:
All of the above listed methods of check fraud are considered crimes in every state. Some, like check kiting, are considered federal crimes and can carry penalties up to a maximum fine of $1,000,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
Contact the police as well as your bank and advise them of your situation. In addition, you may be able to sue the perpetrator of the crime in civil court to regain any of your stolen funds, so be sure to consult a lawyer.
A person who has been convicted for check fraud can face some significant penalties:
There are a number of different legal defenses that may be raised to defend a check fraud charge:
Contact a criminal lawyer immediately to be advised of your rights, your defenses, and the best way of navigating though the complicated legal system. A lawyer will be familiar with the law that governs your case and help you mount an effective defense.
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