This section looks at forgery and identity theft offences. Both of which can be considered subsets of fraud.
Forgery, in broad terms, is the manipulation of a document or thing, to convince another it is something else. While this sounds cryptic, in plain English, it may be painting that is being sold as an original by a famous artist and worth a lot of money, when, in reality, it was painted by someone recently and is valueless in comparison. A more practical example may be the forgery of a will by a beneficiary who seeks a larger share of an inheritance.
Identity theft may be achieved by stealing credit cards from the mail and using them, as a foundation, to set up an entirely new identity. When this occurs people can apply for loans and credit, to the detriment of the credit provider.
The penalties for these offences tend to be harsh because of the planning and deceit involved in their commission. The courts have, historically, always punished crimes with planning and deceit, heavily to dissuade other from committing them.
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