Forgery is a specific kind of fraud. It is the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics or documents with the intent to deceive. Forgery can include the sale of those forged documents or goods, or the use of a forged trademark from a legitimate business. Forgery investigations are very complex, and can last for many months. The long list of white collar crimes include forgery. Forgery, and other crimes like it generally involve stealing money through the use of deception.
Forgery differs from a blue collar crime such as burglary—which also involves theft—in that there is seldom a threat of physical force, rather money is illegally obtained via financial transaction. Many forgery and other white collar crimes cross state borders, therefore may be federal crimes which are investigated by the FBI. Both federal courts and Mississippi courts have serious penalties for forgery. Examples of forgery include:
- Generating a fake identification card or driver’s license;