Written by attorney Ashley D. Adams

Arizona Men Facing Forgery Charges After Using Fake Checks in Target

Two Arizona men face serious charges after being arrested in connection with a check fraud scheme. According to Chandler police, the men allegedly stole more than $30,000 from Target stores in the East Valley.

Demetri Novakovich and Ricardo Valle, of Laveen, were arrested earlier this month at a Target in Chandler after Novakovich allegedly used a forged check to purchase four Visa gift cards totaling $275. According to the _ Tucson Citizen_, they face forgery and conspiracy charges.

What Is the Penalty for Forgery in Arizona?

Under Arizona law, a person commits “forgery" if, with intent to defraud, the person:

  • Falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument; or
  • Knowingly possesses a forged instrument; or
  • Offers or presents, whether accepted or not, a forged instrument or one that contains false information.

It is also important to note that possession of five or more forged instruments may give rise to an inference that the instruments are possessed with an intent to defraud.

Forgery is a Class 4 felony and carries a potential 4½ year prison term for a first-time offender.

How We Can Help

If you or a loved one has been arrested for forgery, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Ashley Adams, our experienced fraud defense attorneys can protect your rights in both state and federal court.

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At Ashley D. Adams, PLC, we have a well-established track record of success that can make a difference, whether in defending charges of white-collar crime, health care fraud, financial fraud, general fraud charges, other criminal or civil matters, or representing our clients during a government investigation. We practice excellence, one client at a time. That means each of our clients is given personal attention and aggressive representation. Contact us today at [email protected] or 1-480-646-4956 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with one of our attorneys.

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