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Elgin white collar crime defense lawyerThe state of Illinois defines forgery as when an individual intentionally falsifies documents, issues or intends to issue falsified documents, or uses a false signature to deceive another party. Forgery is considered a criminal offense typically charged as a Class 3 felony. But, what does fraud look like in day-to-day use? It is essential to understand common deceptive practices that can be charged as felony forgery to maintain lawful practice and keep yourself safe from criminal misconduct. 

Falsified Checks

One of the most common acts of forgery is through creating falsified checks. Checks are a written form of financial payment that directs a bank to send out or receive a sum of money to another bank account. Individuals who falsify checks may use another person’s signature to sign off on a financial payment or sign a check from a bank account that they know to be closed. These actions are considered forgery and could be prosecuted as a felony in Illinois. 

Falsified Information on Mortgage Documents

To obtain a mortgage, prospective homeowners must be pre-approved. This means that the loan company will analyze financial documents such as credit and income statements. Sometimes, individuals will falsify information on mortgage documents to qualify for a mortgage. However, the loaning company can also do this type of fraud. Any alteration of truthful material can be charged as a fraud when applying for a mortgage. 

Fake Prescriptions

Creating a fake prescription can be done in a few ways. People may forge a doctor’s signature on a prescription, use a doctor’s notepad without asking, or edit a prescription’s date or amount. Any activity that includes manipulating the truth on a medical prescription is considered forgery. Similarly, distributing illegal blank prescription notes is considered fraud as well. 

Falsified Government Identification

From driver’s licenses to passports, creating fake forms of government identification is highly illegal. This behavior includes falsifying documents and bending the truth with the intent to deceive, so it can be charged as felony forgery in Illinois. Sentences for falsified identification may worsen if the individual with a fake ID uses the phony document to participate in other illegal activities such as purchasing alcohol as a minor or receiving a DUI without a valid license

Fake Artwork

A final common form of forgery is the fake distribution of artwork. This behavior includes lying about the original artist of a piece of art to deceive a seller, usually by claiming the artwork was done by a famous artist to receive more money. Art forgery can seem like a niche activity. However, it is far from uncommon. According to National Geographic, some critics claim that up to 20% of famous artwork in museums is actually fake.

Speak to a Kane County Forgery Defense Attorney Today

Forgery is a serious crime in Illinois. If you have been accused of committing fraud, contacting a skilled attorney to help represent you is in your best interest. At the The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola, Kane County defense attorney Brian J. Mirandola has experience defending clients against fraud charges. Please call 847-488-0889 and schedule a free consultation to contact our office. 

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K17-3 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/article/fake-art-france-culture-spd

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white collar crime, Elgin criminal defense attorneyNearly everyone has at least heard the term "white collar crime" before, but not everyone understands what it means. There are a wide variety of criminal activities that fall into the category of white collar crime, and they generally involve the theft of data and financial assets to be used for personal gain by the perpetrator. In many cases, the criminal does not even come into contact with their victim, and many victims of white collar crime are unaware of the crime until much later. White collar crime is very serious, and anyone facing charges related to a white collar crime should seek the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.

Common White Collar Crimes

There are a variety of different offenses that fall under the umbrella of white collar crime. These types of crimes often occur in business or professional settings; hence the term "white collar" as a reference to dress shirts common in such environments. Crimes that are commonly considered white collar include:

  • Identity theft;
  • Money laundering;
  • Extortion;
  • Embezzlement;
  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Tax evasion;
  • Forgery; and
  • Fraud.

Penalties of White Collar Crime

Because white collar crime consists of a variety of different criminal activities, the penalties associated with a conviction can vary dramatically. Most crime in Illinois is classified according to severity, and while some white collar offenses are misdemeanors, many are considered felonies. As such, jail time is a distinct possibility in many cases. Additionally, a number of these types of crimes have minimum sentences, which means judges and prosecutors may have very little discretion in handing down penalties for a conviction. Therefore, it is vital that anyone facing white collar charges seek qualified legal guidance as soon as possible.

In addition to fines and potential jail time, being convicted of a white collar crime could harm you professionally. Your reputation can be destroyed by even the allegation of wrongdoing, and your future job opportunities will likely be affected. Many employers will simply not hire those suspected of being involved in such activity.

Experienced White Collar Representation

Are you facing charges related to tax fraud, embezzlement, forgery, or any crime that would be considered white collar? If so, contact an experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney and get the help you need. Our firm is proud to represent those charged with white collar crimes, and we will work hard to protect your rights. Call 847-488-0889 to schedule your free, confidential consultation at The The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola today.

Source:

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/white-collar-crime

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