My question involves criminal law for the state of: Virginia
I have become a victim of a Nigerian Check Cashing Scam.
I was befriended by a man on an internet dating site who stated he would employ me. Long story short: She received USPS mail with a check in the amount of $2988.00. The check cleared her checking in a check cashing store without any difficulty. I was instructed to send most of the money overseas to Nigeria and keep a small portion. As this is what my job would entail. Receiving money and sending the majority of it.
Upon further investigation, I found out that the check obtained from a counterfeit check, which was initially sent to someone in New York. The counterfeit check was cashed at a New York checking cashing agency.
The counterfeit check originated from a fake athletic company. I am now charged with Larceny and Forgery. I have tried to express to the police and my public defender that i receivied the check in the mail and did not forge the check. Nor did I know that the check was fraudulent.
Please help me come up with a legal argument to show I was a victim of this scam and should not be charged or punished for this.