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Hello,Forgery is a crime. Forgery of a deed or notary acknowledgment is a felony (big crime). If someone is damaged economically by a forgery committed by someone else, then that is a civil fraud, and it is actionable (the injured party can sue). Suing a bank is a big deal. Banks have unlimited financial resources, so unless the proof is "ironclad," trying to sue is usually a lost cause, because the bank will simply outlast your resources. If the bank is a national bank, you can complain to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Or, you can hire a private lawyer and sue (click here for a referral).If the bank is a state chartered bank, then you would file your complaint with the California Department of Business Oversight.If you have proof of forgery, you can also contact your county district attorney's office, major fraud unit (in the county where the fraud is alleged to have taken place). You may be able to get a criminal investigation started that way.That covers all of the options. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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