Docket No. 107883.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellant, v.
CHARLES DE FILIPPO, Appellee.
Opinion filed November 19, 2009.
CHIEF JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the
court, with opinion.
Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride, Garman, Karmeier, and
Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
This case arises out of the writings of defendant, Charles De
Filippo, to secure eligibility for a pension. While these writings were
made in defendant’s own name and under his own authority, they
contained false information. The question we consider is whether
there was evidence sufficient to convict defendant of forgery where
defendant’s writings contained false information, but did not purport
“to have been made by another.” 720 ILCS 5/17–3(a)(1) (West 2002).
After a jury trial in the circuit court of Lake County, defendant was
found guilty. The appellate court reversed. 387 Ill. App. 3d 322. We
affirm the appellate court for the reasons that follow.