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Falsifying Information Can Get You In Trouble

Growing up we're often told lying is bad, but that doesn't always stop us from telling a lie here or there. On occasion, a simple white lie seems like it might do no harm, but when it comes to the law and those enforcing it - a small lie can lead to big trouble. Falsifying personal information on a legal document including changing or modifying for an unlawful purpose is a criminal offense. It is considered a white-collar crime and can be charged as a felony.

This information can include, but is not limited to:

·       Social security numbers

·       Past criminal history

·       Tax information

·       Personal checks

·       Identification cards


A Recent Florida Case Involving Falsifying Information


Rapper Kodak Black was brought up on charges in Florida after he falsified information during the purchase of a firearm earlier this year. According to a Miami Herald article, prosecutors say that Black purchased multiple firearms at a Hialeah distribution center in January and again in March. During these transactions, Black wrote "no" on forms that asked if he was under indictment or information or any felony, when he was actually out on bond for an unrelated sexual assault case. The rapper also transposed several digits of his social security number and in doing so allowed the pending case to be missed during the initial background check to make the purchase.


Consequences One May Face After Falsifying Information


In this particular case, due to Black's past criminal charges, he could be facing up to 10 years in prison for giving false information in order to purchase the guns. In Florida, falsifying information is typically a felony charge and can result in prison time, probation, fines, and a permanent criminal record.


If you or someone you know is currently facing charges due to falsifying documents, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can make a difference in how the case is handled. Russell Spatz has decades of experience with these types of cases and can help you with yours. Give him a call today at (305) 442-0200 to schedule a consultation.




Smalls, C. Isaiah, and Charles Rabin. "Rapper Kodak Black Pleads Guilty to Lying to Gun Seller, Faces Decade in Prison." Miamiherald, Miami Herald,


Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine, 30 Aug. 2019,

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