A serious crime, in Michigan, a person charged of the crime of uttering and publishing a financial transaction device may find themselves convicted of a felony and facing imprisonment for up to 14 years depending on the severity of the crime. This crime relates to false or forged counterfeit instruments specifically checks, in addition to other documents such as bills of exchange, will, bond, letter of attorney, insurance policy, promissory note etc. By falsely making or altering, forging or counterfeiting any of these or other documents, you may be found guilty of uttering and publishing a financial transaction device.
Michigan Penal Code
750.248 – Act 328 of 1931
Making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting public record; intent; felony; penalty; exception; venue.
(1) A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return, or attestation of a clerk of a court, register of deeds, notary public, township clerk, or any other public officer, in relation to a matter in which the certificate, return, or attestation may be received as legal proof, or a charter, will, testament, bond, writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill of lading, bill of exchange, promissory note, or an order, acquittance of discharge for money or other property, or a waiver, release, claim or demand, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange, or indorsement, or assignment of a bill of exchange or promissory note for the payment of money, or an accountable receipt for money, goods, or other property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.
(2) This section does not apply to a scrivener’s error.
(3) The venue in a prosecution under this section may be in the county in which the forgery was performed; in a county in which a false, forged, altered, or counterfeit record, instrument, or other writing is uttered and published with intent to injure or defraud; or in the county in which the rightful property owner resides.