Criminal Liability for Falsifying Own Signature

We usually pick up interesting topics to dissect in the questions and discussions from our community members. In our article on BP 22, somebody noted that a debtor issued a check as payment of a debt. When the check was deposited, it bounced (or dishonored by the bank) because the account was already closed. When the creditor sent a demand letter (or notice of dishonor), the debtor received it but used an entirely different signature. A portion of the query reads:

Pag pina-sign po namin yung may utang for the second time what if ibahin nya ulit ng konti yung signature nya? I noticed kasi sa bounced checks na issued nya mejo may naiiba yung sign, same ng konti pero minsan lumiit minsan lumaki.Pwede rin ba sya kasuhan ng Forger? I researched it is an act for forging a signature of ANOTHER PERSON,applicable ba yun sa sarili nyang signature na fi-norge nya?

In other words, can a person be held criminally liable for changing his signature when receiving a document? Let’s go back to this discussion when we have enough time. In the meantime, feel free to join the discussion and tell us what you think through the comment section below.

One comment

  1. Hi Atty., I have bouncing checks issue po. Yung kumpare ng bayaw ko humiram sakin ng 200k last Dec 2013 with 5% monthly interest. May pinirmahan po kaming kontrata, nagissue po sya ng 10 PDCs. Ang problema po, since April 2014 hindi na po sya nakakapagbayad, hindi na nya napupondohan yung mga checke nya. Nung June 30, 2014 (Monday) diniposit ko po ung 3checks nya sa banko (30k each), lahat po nagreturn due to insufficient fund. Nung July 3,2014 (Thursday) nagpunta po ako sa kanila para papirmahin sya ng demand letter, pumirma naman po sya(isang kopya sa kanya at isa sakin). July 8, 2014 (Tuesday), nagtext na po sya at nakikiusap na wag ko daw ipapasok sa banko yung 3 checke nya, babayaran nya nalang daw muna ako ng 30k tas paunti-unti ung kulang, pumayag po ako pero hangang ngayon wala padin po. Sa July 30, may bagong due nanaman po na checke, bale pang apat na po iyon. Gusto ko po sana na maubliga na silang magbayad sakin. Ano po ba ang pwede kong gawin?

    Gusto ko po sanang kumuha ng abogado, pwede nyo po ba ako tulungan?
    Maraming salamat po.

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