Saint Paul, MN asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Minnesota

Q: Hi I have a question. So I was involved with this guy I moved in with after he pushed for it. He stole & used me

Hi I have a question. So I was involved with this guy I moved in with after he pushed for it. He stole from me, pawned a bunch my stuff. Computers, x box, TVs, and wii and various others. So he went back to Mi for few weeks and was forging my checks. I found out let him back because he says he was gonna work to pay me back. Didn’t happen! Pawned more stuff and finally had me rent a car for him so can get back to mi for a funeral. Kep the car three extra days so I got charged another $300 and come to find he was going down there to go live another girl. Do I have any kind of case here i he’s a criminal and I can’t let get a way. I can’t even get my x box out of the pawn shop cause he need to send a certified letter back signing it over to me but tells me I have to send him $20 for him to do it. He won’t do it he just needs money. Do I have any kind of civil case here?

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Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: What he did was a crime, not a civil matter. You should report the matter to the local authorities and there is a process called restitution that will require him to pay back the money that he stole.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Do you have any kind of civil case? You posted the question under criminal law. You may want to repost under civil law, so lawyers who do that kind of work can see it. Theft is a crime. A gift is not a loan. And a lender can demand repayment of a loan, then pursue any civil legal remedies available. If all three happened you may be able to report a crime to police and seek repayment of any loans. Gifts would not be recoverable.

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