New York, NY asked in Constitutional Law for Massachusetts

Q: Am I obligated to return it or at any risk of any legal actions being taken against me?

I had given my bank account information to someone to make payments into it for my personal use. By free will, they deposited money and I made purchase with it. They later contacted me demanding the money back and threatened to report my bank account for fraud, and said they'd have me arrested if I didn’t return the money. I have not stolen money from them as they put it in on their own free will. I have saved all the messages as proof showing they willingly and knowingly put their own money in the account.

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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A: You describe the money as a gift. Were there conditions to which you agreed in exchange for the funds? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

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