Have you been charged with check fraud in Newport Beach? The experienced attorneys at Wallin & Klarich are able and willing to help you.
According to the National Check Fraud Center, check fraud and counterfeiting are among the fastest growing problems affecting the nation’s financial system, producing estimated annual losses of $10 billion and losses continue to rise at an alarming rate annually.1 As technology advances, individuals have found more ways to commit check fraud, thereby making it one of the most prominent forms of fraud in the country.
The Bad Check Restitution Program was instituted in Orange County to obtain restitution for the victims of check loss without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.2 Some first time bad check offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory, eight-hour intervention class, in addition to paying restitution — which allows the program to work without any cost to the taxpayers.
What is Check Fraud?
California Penal Code sec. 476 governs check fraud in California. Check fraud occurs when a person makes, passes, utters, or publishes an altered legal writing with the intent to defraud.3
There are certain elements that must be met in order for an accused to be convicted of check fraud. To be convicted, the prosecutor must show that:
- You possessed, used, or attempted to use, a false or altered check for the payment of money or property; and
- You knew that the check was false or altered; and
- You had the intent to defraud.
Each element must be individually proven beyond a reasonable doubt in order to reach a conviction.