Check Fraud and Forgery
A person oftens commit fraud or forgery when facing financial issues. Whether it was a desperate situation, a poor decision, or a complete misunderstanding, check fraud or forgery is a serious criminal charge to face. No matter the reason, Carolyn Agin Schmidt will be by your side to aggressively defend you. She is a top-rated and awarded criminal defense lawyer that is ready to help.
Are you being charged with check fraud?
Severe criminal charges like check forgery and fraud require a highly experienced criminal defense attorney. Carolyn has been defending individuals facing check fraud for over 26 years. If you wrote a check that bounced (this is also called a “bad check”), you may be facing this charge.
What is check fraud?
Check fraud is a criminal act in which someone unlawfully uses checks to illegally acquire funds that don't exist or funds from the legal account holder.
Check fraud penalites and consequences:
Value was $500 or more - Up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Value was $250-$500 - Up to 1 year in jail and $3,000 in fines.
Value was less than $250 - Up to 20 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Minnesota Statutes §609.535
Forgery is a felony that is punishable up to 3 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. You may face this charge if you had forged a document that isn’t listed in the categories below.
Minnesota Statute §609.625
Aggravated Forgery is a more serious than forgery charge. This felony charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Minnesota Statute §609.63
What is forgery?
Forgery, like check forgery, is when the drawer's signature is forged with the intent to defraud a person or institution.
Aggravated forgery charges include any of these actions:
Bank records (like a check)
Official Corporate Seal
Document that contains legal rights
Your Minneapolis Check Fraud Attorney
Get Carolyn’s advice today with a free consultation. Carolyn will let you know what your options are when facing your fraud or forgery charge. She proudly serves Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Click here to read about the types of fraud in Minnesota.
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