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Just to be clear, you signed their name, not your name, or a signature with a "F.B.O." in front of their name (For Benefit Of)? Please advise.
Signing their name is indeed 'fraud' and 'forgery', because you are signing as someone else. That is not permitted. Even if you were given 'permission', you can only sign as you, but on their behalf, such as if you have a power of attorney. But even if you were told to sign with a name other than your own, that is legally not permitted, and happens to be a felony. It does not matter if these people were people you knew, were family, or were complete strangers, signing someone else's name onto a title is not permitted. There is no 'intent' to commit a crime required, the fact that you signed someone else's anme is sufficient to prove the violation without a power of attorney present.
But even with a power of attorney you have to sign as YOU, not as them, but sign on their behalf. Furthermore, you have to have had a POA for each occurrence, from that date, and so listed in the title. You have to sign "Your Name, signed for the benefit of, Their Name". You cannot sign as you. This letter cannot be draw up later, it has to have existed at the time of signing.
Please understand that I am not simply siding with the state, I am explaining why they have grounds to pursue.
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Now you may want to retain counsel. This can become very serious if the state chooses to pursue charges. I do not know if they will, but they surely can do so. The parties can be called to testify, and so can you, as you can plead potential ignorance as a defense and claim that you thought that you were following the instructions of the buyer. While that is not usually a good defense, it can mitigate the position as there was no intent to defraud, as you stated.
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