Counterfeiting is a type of forgery that involves making fake money, bonds or other types of written instruments that have monetary value. It is illegal to knowingly possess counterfeit objects and to use them. However, the most serious type of counterfeiting is to create counterfeit objects with the intent to deceive or defraud.
There are many different types of crimes which fall under counterfeiting. Possessing the tools alone constitutes a federal offense and is punishable as a class B felony. Conviction for most federal counterfeit crimes could lead to as many as 25 years imprisonment, depending on which crime it is. Simply using counterfeit money could mean up to 20 years in jail. Often those charged with counterfeiting are not just charged with a single crime, but face multiple felonies which would result in even more severe punishments.
The United States Secret Service takes care of most counterfeiting investigations in the U.S. They have a special Financial Crimes Division that is devoted to finding and prosecuting white collar crimes that involve illegal financial activities. This includes Bank Fraud, counterfeiting and other illegal acts with bonds, checks and securities.
Often those accused of counterfeiting are unaware that the fake currency they had was actually forged. Or even more incriminating, sometimes individuals may discover tools in their possession that are used for counterfeiting, but not even be aware of their purpose. If you are in a situation such as this, you will quickly find yourself under multiple federal charges involving Fraud and Conspiracy. The only way to avoid jail and heavy fines is to get a criminal defense attorney that knows how to successfully protect their clients against allegations of fraud, counterfeiting and other white collar crimes.
Our defense attorneys are prepared to defend our clients against any allegations of counterfeiting. We have the experience and skill to handle even the most serious cases of fraud which may include:
1. Uttering millions of counterfeit dollars
2. Possessing plates, stones, or analog, electronic or digital images used to create counterfeit money or documents
3. Selling tools or impressions used for counterfeiting
We Can Help
Our criminal defense lawyers have successfully dismissed charges of fraud and know what it takes to defend our clients in federal courts. When faced with an investigation by the Secret Service, you are up against one of the most powerful federal agencies in the United States. It takes a strong criminal defense attorney to stand up to the government and ensure that your rights are not being violated. If you or a loved one have been charged with or are under investigation for crimes of counterfeiting or fraud Contact our criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible to arrange a free consultation.