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FORGERY IS GENERALLY understood to be the falsification of a person's signature, usually on a check, a deed, or some instrument of importance. The crime of forgery assumes an intent to defraud, with a non-genuine item being offered as genuine. Forgery is also referred to as uttering which is defined as: offering as genuine an instrument that may be the subject of forgery and is false with the intent to defraud. In some instances the act of counterfeiting is used synonymously with forgery.

Forgery is the integral component of many frauds and scams; it can be a criminal act unto itself but is often a part of criminal operation. Art forgery was originally believed to be a type of homage to the great masters, but once ...

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