Document forgery is of big interest to me because as a college student I have been exposed to it a lot. In the world of college, money is tight and we are pretty much broke for 4 years until we graduate and get jobs. Our finances are obsolete during the process and that can drive a college student mad when he wants to buy some simple things like clothes and sneakers. In the midst of that frustration some students get campus jobs that don’t pay much, or use their refund checks to pay for books which are overly priced. College is stressful and demanding and in these situations, some students are driven to do the worst. One would think that a student should have temperance and be able to coop, but it is quite the opposite and the inevitable happens in times of great desperation.
In 2015, two university students from British Columbia were charged with Fraud amounting to under $5000 in damage and a uttering forged documents charge. The government claimed that they conducted over 30 fraudulent transactions, with several thousand dollars in losses. In a similar college student related incident, a student was charged with forging prescriptions at several pharmacies in order to obtain narcotics that were not prescribed by his doctor. In both cases the lawyers were able to get the students off with conditional discharges with no criminal records. That’s right, they got to walk way scotch free and these kinds of crimes usually hold at a maximum of 10 years imprisonment for such conduct but in both cases. These students were basically given amnesty without any impunity. This is another reason why this occurs and why students would even dare a feat of this magnitude, because they know in lieu of getting caught that a slap on the wrist could be given to them by a forgiving system and maybe a pricey lawyer.
Anyways, in all of these student related crimes, these students had access to technology that made it easy to forge and duplicate documents without being detected by many businesses and establishments. They should know better and exercise better judgement being intellects and being able to make better decisions, but that obviously was not exercised in this case and many others. Students should not be held to a higher level of decency in society and what needs to be done in these instances is implementation of higher security measures. Well-trained document inspectors at every place where this crime could possibly take place, with technical assistance would be the best asset to have. This would insure that the prevention of forged documents would be ceased in production. And lastly, inhibit those who get away with it by using this technique with unknowing people who are responsible for giving consumers what they need when they present these fake documents.
The biometrics system is fine and scanning also provides additional security to lessen these crimes but personnel is more important. Many of times have I seen people in college go to places using fake Ids and use fraudulent credit cards with little scrutiny. I understand that the business benefits regardless of where the money comes from, but it is at the expense of the card holder funding. This is another reason as to why personnel is important because some people, even though they are against fraudulence, don’t enforce the law on people who violate because they do not feel responsible and leave it up to the person who is being wronged to act upon it. This lax behaviour also adds to this issue and this cycle of events keeps it alive.