Counterfeiting is considered to be a severe criminal offense that involves the fabrication of fake documents, items, or other goods. Individuals can face charges for counterfeiting if they produce duplicates of original documents, products, or currency. ARS §3-1209 provides that “no brand manufacturer, printer, or other person, firm, or corporation shall cast, print lithograph or otherwise make any device containing any mark or simulation thereof, or any label bearing any such mark or simulation, or any form of official certificate or simulation thereof, except as authorized.”
ARS §3-1209 also states that no person, firm, or corporation is permitted to:
- Forge official devices, marks, or certificates;
- Use any official device, mark, or certificate, or alter, detach, deface, or destroy any official device, mark, or certificate without first receiving permission to do so from the department;
- Fail to use or detach, deface, or destroy any official device, mark, or certificate contrary to the rules as prescribed by the director;
- Knowingly possess any official device or counterfeit, simulated, forged, or improperly altered official certificate or any device or label bearing any counterfeit, simulated, forged, or improperly altered an official mark without promptly notifying the department or its representative;
- Knowingly make any false statement in any shipper’s certificate or other nonofficial or official certificate provided for in the rules prescribed by the director.
If a defendant is found guilty of manufacturing fraudulent currency, the consequences can be extremely serious. Criminal charges for counterfeiting that involve issues of copyright infringement can also damage a person’s reputation if handled incorrectly. Therefore, if you have been accused of manufacturing fraudulent currency, or forging official devices, marks, or certificates, a counterfeiting defense attorney can provide you with the personalized assistance you’re looking for. Call 480-818-9943 to schedule a FREE and confidential consultation with fraud attorney, Jeremy Geigle today.