Gilbert v. United States
370 U.S. 650 (1962)

Annotate this Case

U.S. Supreme Court

Gilbert v. United States, 370 U.S. 650 (1962)

Gilbert v. United States

No. 478

Argued April 10, 1962

Decided June 25, 1962

370 U.S. 650

Syllabus

One who endorses a government check by signing the name of the payee and then his own, as agent, when in fact he has no such authority, is not thereby guilty of forgery under 18 U.S.C. § 495. Pp. 370 U. S. 650-659.

(a) On the record in this case, including the judge's instructions, the jury's verdict of guilty might have been based on a finding that petitioner had purported to make an agency endorsement. Pp. 370 U. S. 653-655.

(b) The word "forges" in § 495 was intended to have its common law meaning, and it does not include a purported but unauthorized agency endorsement. Pp. 370 U. S. 655-659.

291 F. 2d 586, judgment vacated and cause remanded.

Official Supreme Court case law is only found in the print version of the United States Reports. Justia case law is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect current legal developments, verdicts or settlements. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or information linked to from this site. Please check official sources.