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The scope of uttering and publishing charges in Michigan

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2023 | Federal Offenses

Uttering and publishing charges have recently come to the forefront in Michigan, shedding light on a legal aspect that may be unfamiliar to many.

To put it simply, this crime pertains to the deliberate act of presenting or utilizing a counterfeit document, all with the explicit intention of deceiving and perpetrating fraud. In Michigan, these charges typically arise in cases involving:

  • Counterfeit money
  • Forged checks
  • Falsified legal documents

The state takes these charges seriously as they directly relate to undermining trust in legal and financial transactions.

Implications and consequences

Uttering and publishing charges are considered felonies in Michigan and carry significant legal consequences. If convicted, individuals may face substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. Moreover, these charges can have lasting effects on an individual’s reputation and future opportunities.

Revisiting the false elector’s scheme

In the wake of the 2020 general election’s aftermath, one prominent case emerged that is centered around uttering and publishing charges. Here, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced felony charges against 16 individuals accused of being part of a false elector’s scheme. These individuals signed false certificates claiming to be elected and qualified electors. Their intent is to present fabricated electoral votes and try to overturn the election results.

Uttering and publishing charges, though lesser-known, carry significant weight in Michigan’s legal landscape. The elector’s scheme case illustrates how it can extend beyond financial matters. Manipulation of legal documents for fraudulent purposes is also possible.