People v. Brown

Illinois Supreme Court
Criminal Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2013 IL 114196
Decision Date: 
December 19, 2013
District: 
1st Dist.
Division/County: 
Cook Co.
Justice: 
FREEMAN
Holding: 
Appellate court reversed in part and affirmed in part; circuit court affirmed in part and reversed in part.
Where a check itself is counterfeit, forgery by making occurs, or is complete, when check is first created with intent to defraud, and subsequent endorsement of check does not render check capable of defrauding. Where a check is valid, there is no forgery by making until someone affixes an endorsement that renders the otherwise valid check capable of defrauding. (GARMAN, KARMEIER, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring; THOMAS and KILBRIDE, specially concurring.)