Fredonia, NY asked in Criminal Law for New York

Q: I am being accused of altering a check from 6 dollars to 60. The check sat in a mailbox for weeks before I touched it.

I am a first grade teacher and a parent dropped off a check in the office that was supposed to be made out for 6 dollars. When I finally got to the bank, it was deposited as 60. I didn't notice until weeks later. This check had sat in my desk and in the Elementary office for weeks before I ever deposited it. They are saying I altered the check - which I didn't.

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Michael Arbeit

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Freeport, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Where did this occur (What County)? Who is accusing you of doing this? Was it deposited in a school account or your personal account? A lot of unanswered questions. Consult with an attorney in regard to this matter if you are being accused of a criminal offense.

Julie Rendelman

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Have you been criminally charged with this matter or is this an internal investigation within the school? In terms of the check itself, was the check altered in any way?

Kristen Epifania

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: More facts are needed here. Was the check deposited as $60 through a mistake of the bank, or did you make any changes to the check itself or fill out the deposit slip as $60? You should contact an attorney to discuss the specific details in order to get a better understanding of what kind out outcome you can expect.

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