- One Jourdanton couple faces multiple counts of forgery after police found goods allegedly purchased with fraudulent checks, along with items reportedly stolen from area businesses and alleged drug paraphernalia.
- Police in Amarillo are looking for a woman wanted in three counties for fraud, forgery and credit card abuse.
Not Just Writing Bad Checks
In addition to writing bad checks, forgery that results in a state jail felony can include falsifying a:
- Security instrument or agreement
- Credit card
- Payment to financial account
Penalties Of Forgery
Penalties for some other types of forgery are more severe. It is a felony of the third degree if the forgery involves paper money, postage or revenue stamps, or an item issued by a state or national government. Penalties include between two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Forgeries that aren’t state jail or third-degree felonies are considered Class A misdemeanor and are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
Forgeries that involve an elderly person are automatically bumped up to the next highest category.
Texas has separate codes for writing a check with insufficient funds and theft by check. If you write a check with insufficient funds, you have 10 days to provide those funds, otherwise you are also guilty of theft by check. The penalties are the same.