The altering, copying, or imitating of something, without authority or right, with the intent to deceive or defraud by passing the copy or thing altered or imitated as that which is original or genuine; or the selling, buying, or possession of an altered, copied, or imitated thing with the intent to deceive or defraud.
In the majority of states, forgery and counterfeiting are treated as allied offenses.
Agencies must include in this classification:
Altering or forging public and other records
Making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting bills, notes, drafts, tickets, checks, credit cards, etc.
Forging wills, deeds, notes, bonds, seals, trademarks, etc.
Counterfeiting coins, plates, banknotes, checks, etc.
Possessing or uttering forged or counterfeited instruments
Signing the name of another or fictitious person with intent to defraud
Using forged labels
Possession, manufacture, etc., of counterfeiting apparatuses
Selling goods with altered, forged, or counterfeited trademarks