2018 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 14 - Offenses Against Property
Part 1 - Theft
§ 39-14-114. Forgery.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-14-114 (2018)
  • (a) A person commits an offense who forges a writing with intent to defraud or harm another.

  • (b) As used in this part, unless the context otherwise requires:

    • (1) "Forge" means to:

      • (A) Alter, make, complete, execute or authenticate any writing so that it purports to:

        • (i) Be the act of another who did not authorize that act;

        • (ii) Have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case; or

        • (iii) Be a copy of an original when no such original existed;

      • (B) Make false entries in books or records;

      • (C) Issue, transfer, register the transfer of, pass, publish, or otherwise utter a writing that is forged within the meaning of subdivision (b)(1)(A); or

      • (D) Possess a writing that is forged within the meaning of subdivision (b)(1)(A) with intent to utter it in a manner specified in subdivision (b)(1)(C); and

    • (2) "Writing" includes printing or any other method of recording information, money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks, and symbols of value, right, privilege or identification.

  • (c) An offense under this section is punishable as theft pursuant to § 39-14-105, but in no event shall forgery be less than a Class E felony.

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