How Is Forgery Defined In Oklahoma?

ForgeryForgery in the third degree occurs when a person:

  1. who, with intent to defraud, has in his or her possession any forged, altered or counterfeit negotiable note, bill, draft or other evidence of debt issued or purporting to have been issued by any corporation or company duly authorized for that purpose by the laws of Oklahoma or of any other state, government or country, knowing the same to be forged, altered or counterfeited, with intent to utter the same as true or as false, or to cause the same to be so uttered;
  2. sells, exchanges or delivers for any consideration any forged or counterfeited promissory note, check, bill, draft, or other evidence of debt, or engagement for the payment of money absolutely, or upon any contingency, knowing the same to be forged or counterfeited, with intent to have the same uttered or passed, or who offers any such note or other instrument for sale, exchange or delivery for any consideration, with the like knowledge and intent, or who receives any such note or other instrument upon a sale, exchange or delivery for any consideration with the like knowledge and intent; or
  3. has in his possession any forged or counterfeited instrument, knowing the same to be forged, counterfeited or falsely altered with intent to injure or defraud by uttering the same to be true, or as false, or by causing the same to be uttered.

This crime is a misdemeanor if the value of the forgery is less than $1,000. The maximum punishment in the county jail is one year, and the maximum fine is $1,000. This crime is a felony if the value of the forgery is $1,000 or more; the maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is seven years. If the total or aggregate value of the forgery is $2,000 or more, the maximum punishment in the Department of Corrections is seven years. Voters approved a change to this statute on November 8, 2017 by passing State Question 780. The change went into effect on July 1, 2017.

SOURCES: 21 O.S. § 1577, 21 O.S. § 1578, 21 O.S. § 1579, & 21 O.S. § 1621

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Current as of: November 20, 2017