Check Fraud

Theft check fraud

Check Fraud:

Unlawful issuance of a bank check (UIBC) is a:

  • Misdemeanor for amounts under $750.
  • Felony for amounts $750 or more.

Washington Check Fraud Cases

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Washington law prohibits defrauding others by issuing bad checks. These cases are called "unlawful issuance of a bank check."

The laws governing Washington check fraud crimes can be found in the Revised Code of Washington at RCW 9A.56.060.

It is a Washington crime to, with intent to defraud, issue a check for  the payment of money knowing at the time there are insufficient funds or  credit to cover the check.  RCW 9A.56.060(1).

Any person who, with intent to defraud, issues a check and who orders a  stop-payment request directing the bank not to honor such check and who  fails to otherwise arrange payment within 20 days is guilty of unlawful  issuance of a bank check. RCW 9A.56.060(2).

Unlawful issuance of a bank check is a class C felony if the dollar  amount in question exceeds $750.  A class C felony is punishable by a  maximum of 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.  Actual penalties for a UIBC crime, however, are determined by the Sentencing Reform  Act, RCW 9.94A and the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines.

Unlawful issuance of a bank check is a gross misdemeanor if the dollar  amount in question is less than $750.  A gross misdemeanor and  punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.  RCW 9.92.020.

If a series of bad checks are written in the course of a common scheme  or plan the value will be added to determine if the crime exceeds $750 to  be considered a class C felony.  RCW 9A.56.060(3).

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