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6 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can a bank collect a debt on a credit card 13 years after the last payment was made?

I was contacted by a law firm representing US Bank. For a credit card that was open in 2005 and payments made on it until 2008. A balance of 5000 was never paid. I have no recollection of this. It has never been on my credit report. It could have been opened by my ex wife. We were going through a... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Nov 5, 2021

it is likely past the statute of limitations but an attorney would need to review what you are receiving and get more facts to further advise you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My granddaughter left her boyfriend in Colorado and stayed with us while waiting for an apartment in Chicago. She asked

if we could co sign her

lease. We are 70 and retired. She has left apartments with unpaid rent in the past. We said we could not but she said that the company had waived the cosighner. We gave her furniture and she moved. We heard from her and she sent pictures of the apartment. She... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 5, 2021

This might be something you may not want to do given the family relationship, but is something you would likely need to do to clear your name: you will need to report this to the police. Until you do, the apartment complex will continue to hold you responsible for the balance.

Your other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Banking, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for Ohio on
Q: Can i be convicted on charges if i never had a check cashed and they also don't have the check just a photocopy of it?

A friend of mine said he had done work for someone but didn't have an ID to cash a check they were paying him for the job so he had it put in my name. I went to cash this check and the bank acted a little fishy over this check and wanted me to stick around to ask the owner if it was legit. I... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 4, 2021

Yes you could be convicted. Your defense goes to your state of mind and not knowing the check was a forgery. That can be difficult to back up. The prosecutor will almost certainly be convinced you were in on it. You should get a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Ohio on
Q: I had a or bond revoked and a new bond set ! Does the conditions of the old bond carry over to the new bond

I had to report to pretrial services on my OR bond I didn't I went back to jail! I had a new bond set used bail bondsman to get out ! Would the conditions be the same or would new conditions be set & me be informed because its a new bond

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Nov 3, 2021

When a judge resets a bond they may or may not add/substract conditions. You should check with your lawyer or the court to make sure you understand the conditions of your current bond.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Louisiana on
Q: How do I get my money back from access device fraud if the bank won't refund me the money

The man was arrested and charged with the crime of access device fraud and forgery.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Nov 3, 2021

Get copy of police report. Send certified letter to bank.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I have an irrevocable trust for my grandchildren. Their father stole 300,000$ from my savings and 73,000 from Met Life.

He left me w35$. Can I change the irrevocable trust and sell my home? Since I can prove fraud, identity theft, elder abuse. I owe109,000 on my mortgage can I get a home equity loan on a 6 family ? I need money for legal fees and dental work.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Oct 26, 2021

The terms of the trust will govern a lot of it. If the trust has provisions for your lifetime care, you can ultimately petition the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Real Estate Law on
Q: Can a mortgage broker put a mortgage under your name that isn’t yours when your a power of attorney only

I’ve never signed anything or agreed to assume the mortgage and I’ve never seen a single paper about the actual mortgage yet his mortgage company claimed it to my credit and falsely claimed the payments haven’t been made yet they all have through direct withdrawal , I’ve provided them with... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 25, 2021

It is possible a Defamation/Libel Suit exists, but you may not have any Damages. Look hard for a lawyer that represents consumers against debt collecting. If you did not sign or assume the Note, then it is not your Debt. You may wish to get the POA revoked.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Identity Theft and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Due to a mistake not of my making my DOB is inaccurate by 1 year. I am a 15yr US Navy Vet. Conflicting DOB exists.

I currently hold no valid ID for the State of Florida because of this discrepancy. I am 63yrs old and just diagnosed with prostate cancer, scheduled for surgery on 12 Oct.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 16, 2021

This is not my area of practice, but your question remains open for two weeks and it frustrates me that a veteran might have their benefits held up due to administrative discrepancies in personal information. Here is an address link to a page in the SSA website -... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was terminated for Unemployment fraud after I was a victim of identity theft I never received benefits in Pa.

I never filed for the benefits nor did I receive I was termed for this reason even though the address is not mine nor did i receive monetary from these benefits .

Joseph Korsak
Joseph Korsak
answered on Oct 14, 2021

You need to notify your nearest UC office an provide whatever documentary proof you have, Remember that you will receive a 1099 for this income.

My number is 717-880-3759 Joseph C. Korsak

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for California on
Q: My Identity was stolen and the person responsible got my info from my old employer. Can I hold them responsible?

I left my old job in 2016 and never got a chance to clean out my locker. I believe whom ever they gave my locker to got that info from old check stubs I forgot I left in there. The fraud starts in 2016 with my old address and phone number linked to my previous employer with many inquiries for... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich
answered on Oct 12, 2021

not likely unless you have specific proof showing your old employer gave your information to the person that stole your identity (knowing that the person will steal your identity). it's a hard burden to prove.

Q: Can you please help me on what the best thing to do is or can i get a attorney

My identity was stolen and used for business fraud. Also issues worth the epa and dtsc.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 10, 2021

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Your post is very brief and it could be difficult for someone to figure out what kind of attorney you're looking for. You could try reposting (don't include personal information - this is a public forum),... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for Florida on
Q: Store left my personal demographics on an item I returned and put it back on shelf
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 5, 2021

And your question would be can the store legally do that? Probably, but what you mean by "personal demographics" is unclear. If I were a customer at that store, I would probably not buy that item if your name was scribbled all over it.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: I was scammed by accepting fraudulent check and asked to transfer money to a bank account

I have filed police complaint.The person cheated me by signing lease and showed fake ID proof .Sent.me.fake check for deposit and little over of deposit amount and asked me to transfer remains amount to his bank account

I know only the bank account number and routing number and bank... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Oct 4, 2021

much more info is needed.

if the amount is under $10,000, I would suggest going to small claims court where you can get a date within months rather than many years.

you probably can't afford to hire a lawyer for this and even if you could you might be throwing good money after...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: If someone was arrested for using my card and I want to drop the charges will the arresting officer obligee

FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD 16-9-33

The woman charged was tricked into using it under instruction of her boyfriend who was responsible for finding my wallet

Cory D. Raines
Cory D. Raines
answered on Oct 3, 2021

This depends on several factors. However, contacting the prosecutor's office and letting them know that you don't want her to be charged is a first step. You can request to fill out a non-prosecution affidavit, but ultimately it is up to the prosecution to determine if they will dismiss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Can I take someone to court for stealing something that has no money value? It is an important document

Someone has stolen my social security card I know who stole it and that they still currently have it local authorities said all they can do is nicely ask him to mail it to me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 24, 2021

The problem is, for the police, there is no proof they stole it or are using it - either of which would be a crime. Your best bet may be just to apply for a replacement card, and disassociate yourself with this person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My x took my title and forged my signature to transfer my car into his name illegally

I need to know what to do in order to get the police to do something about this felonious crime.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 20, 2021

I'm unsure what else you can do other than file a police report.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Collections, Identity Theft and Social Security for Nevada on
Q: Credit report account made but not by me?

So I go to credit karma to make acc. They tell me a acc already made with a email. And told me what email. My biological fathers. And so on. Apparently goes on it everyday? Why? My credit. I’m 25. I am mentally disable. Growing up. I guess as a aunt said. He used me for debt. Wells Fargo credit... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
answered on Aug 30, 2021

If someone has misused your Social Security number or other personal information to create credit or other problems for you, then you need to take action right away. Go to IdentityTheft.gov - it is a website managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - and they will help you with a recovery... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: We can do a payment plan

This is in San Marcos not Houston

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Aug 16, 2021

This question is vague, however, I can answer by saying most lawyers do have payment plans. The hard part is for the client to show they have good credit, and a way to make payments.

Good Luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: I have a warrent for identity theft If its my 2nd charge and I'm not on probation can i get a bond

If I pay the card ofd then turn myself in will it help

Nelson Craig Johnson
Nelson Craig Johnson
answered on Aug 9, 2021

It will be up to the discretion of a judge if they permit bond. However, your alleged crime is not one that poses substantial risk of physical harm to others, so it is likely they would let you bond out, unless you have prior charges other than identity theft.

With regard to turning...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Identity Theft for Oklahoma on
Q: My wife opened credit cards In my name without my knowledge. I told her that I want a divorce. What can I do?

Is this considered identity theft?

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Aug 7, 2021

If you want a divorce what you can do is hire an attorney to file a divorce action for you. Schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail and learn your specific options.

Best of luck!

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