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I am sorry to learn of this situation. Forgery
is a criminal offense, and in Pennsylvania it is usually a 2nd Degree Felony (chargeable by up to 10 years in prison with up to a $25,000.00 fine - this is separate from an order to compensate the victim).
You can report this conduct to your local police department or law enforcement agency and they can help put you into touch with the proper division within their department. As with most financial crimes, you will need to be prepared to put the documentary evidence together as most agencies lack the resources to do so independently.
You can file a civil lawsuit against someone who has committed forgery by filing a civil lawsuit for (1) fraud; and (2) conversion. While the fraud claim may not always apply, the cause of action for conversion is essentially the civil law equivalent of theft. You can recover the full value of the money that was taken, as well as get an order transferring the property back (if it has not already been transferred to a "bona fide purchaser" in which case you will get the money equivalent for the property value. You will also be entitled to punitive damages
, this is an amount set by the Court to compensate you for the defendant's intentional bad acts (a punishment to the defendant).
I hope the above is helpful, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know and I will follow up quickly.
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Penal Code: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=18&div=0&chpt=41
Sentencing Guidelines: http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/state-felony-laws/pennsylvania-felony-class.htm
in Pennsylvania: http://www.stradley.com/library/files/prk-fraud.pdf
Explanation of Conversion cause of action: http://www.injurylawsourcepa.com/2011/03/theft-conversion-civil-punitive-damages.html