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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Word of the Week

Utter

Verb: To put or send into circulation a forged document or instrument. Federal criminal law uses the formulation "utters [or] publishes" in defining various counterfeiting and forgery offenses. The same language can be found in state statutes, such as Section 248a of the Michigan Penal Code: "A person who utters and publishes as true any false, forged, altered, or counterfeit financial transaction device, as defined in section 157m, with the intent to injure or defraud any person is guilty of a felony."