Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Georgia

Q: Can you get prosecuted if someone ask you to route their money to your account and you keep it?

My boyfriend was incarcerated and wanted me to bail him out. So he gave me his account info to route to my account. His grandfather actually got him out the day before the money posted and he immediately went and used heroin. Which he promised he wouldn't. So now the money has cleared and is in my account and I actually would like to keep it. Can I be prosecuted if i keep it? I have documented messages of him giving me the info and confirming that he wanted me to route it to my account.

1 Lawyer Answer
Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The phrase "If it walks like a duck; it's a duck." certainly applies here. If you truly believed it is okay to keep the money entrusted to you for another purpose, you would not be online asking your question. Of course it doesn't belong to you. What would justify you keeping the money?

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