Fraud and Forgery

In Weld County, Colorado, Forgery (C.R.S. 18-5-102) is a class 5 felony, and requires proof that a person falsely makes or alters a written instrument with the intent to defraud another person or entity of something of value. Often, a person may be accused of forging the deed to a house, stocks and bonds, or a lottery ticket.  The law even prohibits the forging of an academic record (C.R.S. 18-5-104.5).

  • Criminal Impersonation - C.R.S. 18-5-113
  • Identity Theft - C.R.S. 18-5-902

What is the Sentence for Check Fraud?

Likewise, Check Fraud (C.R.S. 18-5-205) requires proof that a person writes a check with knowledge they have insufficient funds, with the intent to defraud another, and is:

  • A class 2 misdemeanor if the amount in question is less than $500
  • A class 1 misdemeanor if the amount is more than $500, but less than $1000
  • A class 6 felony if the amount in question is more than $1000, or if the offender has been previously convicted twice of check fraud or a similar crime (if you are convicted of a felony, you will be sentenced to serve time in the Colorado Department of Corrections).
  • A class 6 if the fraudulent check was drawn on an account which did not exist, or has been closed for thirty or more days before the check was written.

Accusations of forgery and fraud in Greeley, Mead, and Lochbuie, Colorado, can arise from harmless mistakes. Many people have written a bad check without the intent to defraud another person or the bank at some point in their lives. Bad record keeping can also result in criminal charges. Fight back with an experienced fraud and forgery defense attorney in Weld County at the O'Malley Law Office.

Fraud and Forgery Related Crimes

Criminal Impersonation

In order to prove Criminal Impersonation, it is not enough for the 19th Judicial District Attorney's office to prove that someone pretended to be another person. Prosecutors also must prove that the impersonator assumed the false identity in order to gain a benefit for themselves, to injure or defraud another, or in order to do something that would subject the impersonated person to civil or criminal liability. Criminal Impersonation is a class 6 felony.

Identity Theft

Similarly, in Ft. Lupton, Erie, and Keenesburg, Identity Theft is committed if a person knowingly uses the personal identifying information of another, without their consent, with the intent to defraud another and in order to gain something of value. The thing of value does not necessarily have to be money, but can also be a service, credit, or a government-issued document.


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