Forgery and counterfeiting are related offenses which are punishable under a variety of federal, state, local, and foreign statutes. Forgery generally consists of the creation of a false document, or the alteration of a genuine document, with the intent to defraud, and counterfeiting generally consists of the creation of an imitation with the intent to defraud.
Federal statutes prohibit forgery of U.S. Treasury instruments, documents used to obtain money or other value from the U.S. government, federal contractor bids, public records, military or naval documents, court documents, and other documents where the forgery is committed with intent to defraud the United States. Federal statutes also provide criminal penalties for the creation or possession of, or dealing in, counterfeit currency, counterfeit U.S. postage stamps, counterfeit U.S. Department of Agriculture food coupons, counterfeit identification documents used to defraud the U.S. government, and the removal of motor vehicle identification numbers. These statutes also prohibit the possession of instruments used to create such forged documents or counterfeit items.
Forgery and counterfeiting are investigated by a number of federal agencies, including the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Federal Reserve, and these agencies work closely with other state, local, and foreign law enforcement organizations. Violations of federal forgery and counterfeiting statutes are subject to strict civil and criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to twenty-five (25) years, significant fines, and the potential civil forfeiture of counterfeit or forged items and tools used to create them.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing federal forgery or counterfeiting charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including forgery and counterfeiting matters. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
Over the last 38 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country. If you have questions or concerns about a federal perjury or counterfeiting matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (212) 639-1600 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.