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Protecting the Church's Pocketbook

The consequences of check forgery are serious for both the victims and the forgers.


Mullins v. State, 1999 WL 1261509 (Ind. App. 2000)

Background. A church layman ("David") removed several checks from the pastor's checkbook while visiting the church parsonage. He made one of the stolen checks payable to himself in the amount of $300, forged the pastor's signature, and then endorsed the check on the back. The bank teller required two forms of identification from David before cashing the check. He provided his identification card and social security card, and the teller recorded the corresponding numbers on the face of the check.

The pastor eventually noticed that his bank statement listed checks which he did not recognize. He went to the bank and obtained copies of the questionable checks. Upon examining them, he noticed that the checks were not in his handwriting and his name was even misspelled on one of the checks.

The pastor later asked David, who was ...

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  • July 2, 2001