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Forgery is defined as counterfeiting or altering a document like a deed, a will, or a check, or knowingly using a forged document. Forgery can be a felony or a misdemeanor.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)
Another definition of forgery is the act of claiming one's own writing to be that of another.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
Falsely making or materially altering what would otherwise be an apparently genuine document, with an intent to defraud others who rely on the genuineness of the document.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)