Forgery & Utterance
Forgery - Fraudulent Writings
Under Wisconsin Statute 943.83, any person who with intent to injure or defraud causes a falsification of any record, account or other document, or by means of deceit obtains a signature to a writing which is the subject of forgery, or makes a false written statement with knowledge that it is false and with intent that it shall ultimately appear to have been signed under oath may be charged with a Class H Felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 6 years, or both.
Fraudulent Data Alteration
Under Wisconsin Statute 943.392, any person who with intent to injure or defraud manipulates or changes any data on a record, account or other document may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 9 months, or both.
If a person destroys or mutilates corporate books of account or records, or completely erases, obliterates or destroys any writing which is the subject of forgery with the intent to defraud, they can be charged with a Class H Felony.
Uttering a forged writing is committed by one who utters as genuine a forged writing or object by which legal rights or obligations are created or transferred, knowing that the writing or object was falsely made or altered.
To utter as genuine simply means that it was presented with the representation that it was genuine when it was not.
Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyer: Attorney Mike Rudolph
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