Fraud and Forgery Theft Crimes

Fraud and forgery cover various theft offenses, including internet fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, and mail fraud. Below are some common fraud and forgery crimes:

  • Check Fraud (PC § 476): Check fraud is one of the most common forgery related offenses. This crime occurs when you illegally write, use or pass a fraudulent check in an attempt to obtain something of value.

  • Credit Card Fraud (PC § 484(e)-(j)): fraudulently acquiring or retaining a credit card or account number; making counterfeit access cards or account numbers, or obtaining property by representing oneself as the rightful holder of the credit card.

  • Identity Theft (PC § 530.5): Is obtaining and using another’s personal information for an unlawful or fraudulent purpose. This includes unauthorized use, fraudulent possession, and/or the fraudulent sale of personal identifying information, as well as false personation.

  • Insurance Fraud: fraudulent claims; multiple claims; or destruction of insured property. Common types of insurance fraud include automobile property fraud, disability, life and healthcare insurance fraud, property and casualty fraud and workers’ compensation fraud.

  • Counterfeiting (PC § 350): you can be charged with counterfeiting if you manufacture, sell or knowingly possess for sale an item that you copied or imitated without having been authorized to do so and passing the copy off for the genuine or original item.