(a) A person commits the crime of forgery if, with the purpose to defraud, he:
(1) makes, completes, alters, or authenticates any writing so that it purports to have been made by another or at another time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case or with different terms or by authority of one who did not give that authority;
(2) makes or alters anything other than a writing, so that it purports to have a genuineness, antiquity, rarity, ownership, or authorship which it does not possess; or
(3) uses as genuine, or possesses for the purpose of using as genuine, or transfers with the knowledge or belief that it will be used as genuine, any writing or other thing which the actor knows has been made or altered in the manner described in this section.
(b) Forgery is a class C felony.History: 1979, PL 16-43 § 2.
Territorial forgery statute requires that defendant have created the false writing with intent to defraud, not that he have actually succeeded in defrauding anyone. A.S.C.A. § 46.4115. American Samoa Government v. Lefai, 6 A.S.R.2d 78 (1987).
Research Guide: MCC 57O.090. 15 ASC 441.