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Defining Fraudulent Checks And Their Legal Penalties

Harlem World Magazine

Fraudulent checks are fraudulent bank checks that are drawn on funds from a checking or savings account that the depositor did not authorize. 

Fraudulent checks can be drawn on a checking or savings account but are most often drawn on a credit card account in order to cash the funds for unauthorized purposes. They can be written on a blank check or on a check that has been stolen from the depositor.

Depending upon the type of fraudulent check, there may be a federal sentencing guideline range of 10-40 years imprisonment. There may also be additional felony penalties for using the proceeds obtained in violation of federal law to pay debts incurred by defrauding that same financial institution. Larceny charges can also be brought against perpetrators who steal checks and cash them without authorization.


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