Branford, CT asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Banking and Identity Theft for Connecticut

Q: Is it illegal for someone in a divorce to take money from spouses personal checking account?

Wife pays all household bills. His entire check went into a savings account for the family. He spent all of it on cocaine (35k+). He is using her checking account information to pay his personal credit card and cell phone bills etc. She has emailed and texted him explicitly saying that he doesn't have permission to use her personal checking account. She even changed her account number, but somehow he got the new info. Most likely by breaking into her e-mail (He is the main account holder so was able to just go into their Comcast Xfinity account page and change her account). Most recently, he deleted her entire email inbox and sent box and changed her password. Police said it was a civil matter because they're married. Is he breaking any laws by using her checking account that he can be charged with? She's been in danger of not paying the mortgage and other bills because of it. She did file fraud claims and eventually gets the money back.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Maya
Joseph Maya
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  • Westport, CT
  • Licensed in Connecticut

A: I am sorry to hear about this situation. To fully address the legal questions regarding the wife's bank account, you will probably need to hire a lawyer licensed to practice in Connecticut. I wish you the best of luck in the resolution of the situation.

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