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Definition: Every person who, with intent to defraud, signs the name of another person, or a fictitious person, knowing that he or she has no authority to do so, or falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits, and document listed in Section 470(a) of the Penal Code

To Report a Forgery

Call 897-2300. This report needs to be made in person either at the police department or out in the field with a police officer.

Keep the Forged Document

If you have the forged document, protect it. Do not damage the : document and do not handle the document as it is possible to get fingerprints off of paper. Even though the document may have already been touched, set it aside and do not allow it to be handled again unless otherwise directed by investigators. The forged document(s) can be used as evidence to possibly link the crime to a suspect.

Be Aware!

Do not make any civil agreement to collect the funds as it could invalidate the case. Prior to making the report, try to gather all original documents and any documentation and information applicable to the suspect.