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Welcome to the web page of the Forgery Section for the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. We hope you find our information helpful as we strive to educate the public we serve while preventing future offenses. Our page contains many valuable resources designed to help you find the right information for a given situation involving a forgery, counterfeiting, or bad checks. The Forgery Section investigates offenses that occur with the limits of Kansas City, Missouri, and assists other agencies with investigations that reach into our jurisdiction. Enjoy your visit!
The presenting of any stolen, fraudulently altered or counterfeit documents, such as checks, money orders, traveler’s checks, or written documents (e.g., property titles, negotiable securities, wills, etc.) that transfer money or ownership of property. Forgery is the process of making or adapting documents with the intention to deceive. It is a form of fraud, and is often a key technique in the execution of identity theft. Uttering and publishing is a term in United States law for the forgery of non-official documents, such as a trucking company's time and weight logs. The victim of the forgery is generally the person who suffers the financial loss.
Example: If a person’s checks are stolen and forged and their financial institution states they will reimburse them, then they are a victim of the stealing of their checks and the financial institution is the victim of the forgery.
Generally pertains to United States Currency. The Forgery Unit assists the Secret Service in the investigation and prosecution of this crime.
Counterfeit money is currency that is produced without the legal sanction of the state or government; counterfeit government bonds are public debt instruments produced without legal sanction with the intention of "cashing them in" for authentic currency, or using them as collateral to secure legitimate loans or lines of credit. Counterfeiting is universally regarded as a criminal act and has been known to be attempted in very large amounts (e.g. a recent attempt to smuggle approximately $135 Billion in U.S. Treasury Bonds across an international border was discovered in Italy in June 2009)
Passing Bad Checks: With the purpose to defraud, a person issues or presents a check drawn on a legitimate account in their name knowing it will not be paid by the bank or other financial institution. These include Account Closed Checks, Stop Payment Checks, and Insufficient Fund Checks. These checks are generally handled by the Bad Check Unit within the four counties inside Kansas City.
The Forgery Section is assigned to the Violent Crimes Division. They are located on the fourth floor of Headquarters. The Forgery Section operates from 6 a.m. hours to 6 p.m. Monday Through Friday. During non-business hours, the on-call Detective's pager can be obtained through the Communications Unit Supervisor.