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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: If someone files court papers with someone elses information is that identity theft

My boyfriends mom possibility filed court paperwork with his name against the mother of his child in regards to grandparenting rights, we are unsure if thats legal without his consent and what it falls under if it isnt legal. We guessed identity theft but we were unsure. We are currently trying to... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 6, 2024

It sounds, likely, that your boyfriend's mom filed a petition for grandparents rights on her own behalf. Such petition would necessarily allege her relationship to the child through your boyfriend, which is likely why he would be named in it.

If that is not the case - e.g., she filed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My identity was stolen and someone used my info to open a credit card account with chase bank in October of last year.

Today I get an email from att that says that att has determined some of my information was compromised.

Can I sue att for not having the right tools to guard my personal info?

Matthew McKenna
Matthew McKenna
answered on Apr 16, 2024

Contact a consumer protection attorney that will offer a free consultation. Happy to talk.

You’ll want to dispute the account with Chase, as well as with any credit reporting agency that is reporting that account on your credit report. You should be able to pull your Experian, Equifax...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: My real estate agent owned my property through fraud, including identity theft and forgery of documents.

In 2018, I bought a house in Michigan through a real estate agent living in Miami. During the purchase process, my real estate agent recorded my address as Miami in all documents, even though I do not live in Miami. I am not an American citizen and do not reside in the United States.... View More

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it appears that your real estate agent may have committed serious crimes, including fraud, identity theft, and forgery. If your allegations are true, you have the right to take legal action against the agent and potentially recover your property or receive... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: MI- Previous boss impersonated me by taking and failing a Fair housing course. Can i press charges? Is this a crime?

In my last job, my boss took a online fair housing course compliance test for me without my knowledge or permission. My boss also failed this test, which I'm sure adds this to my employee record. The course was on Sexual assault which also just looks bad to fail. The company has not fired... View More

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, your former boss's actions could potentially constitute identity theft, fraud, and/or forgery. Impersonating someone else to take a course or test on their behalf without their consent is unethical and likely illegal.

Your options include:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Identity Theft, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: When a debt collector uses a state actor to collect a debt over 6 years old what are they not allowed to do?

The entire transaction was uninformed, no reading or understanding of what was being signed, the resident lured to residential office under false pretenses. The resident was refused copies of what was signed only told it was court documents and therefore can't get a copy of what was signed.... View More

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Dec 2, 2023

I suggest you provide some detail so that a lawyer will have necessary information to help you.

What goods/services did you contract for? Who was the seller/provider of services? What date? Who is the debt collector? How much is the alleged debt? Why are you not responsible for the debt?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Is there a deadline/time limit to file a lawsuit?

Someone hacked my Bank of America account and fraudulently transferred $9,800 from my checking account to Mercedes Benz Financial Services in Illinois. Also, the hacker did a balance transfer using my Bank of America credit card for $5,200 at the same time, IP address, city and state. I contacted... View More

Nico E. Banks
Nico E. Banks
answered on Nov 14, 2023

Yes, there is a time limit to file a lawsuit. The exact time limit will depend on what causes of action you state (e.g., which consumer protection laws you invoke). It would be rare for the time limit to be less than a year, but acting sooner is always better.

2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm looking for a law firm that takes on cyber crme cases.

I'm looking for a lawfirm that takes on cyber crime. I've been cyber stalked for a year and a half.

My cyber stalker has pretty much ruined a year and a half of my life. My cyber issues has cost me money, friends, Family, precious time, etc... I just got confirmation, yetserday,... View More

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answered on Nov 23, 2023

In your situation, finding a law firm that has experience in handling cybercrime cases is crucial. Law firms that focus on internet law, digital privacy, or cybercrime would be well-equipped to address the issues you're facing. When looking for a law firm, consider those that have a track... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Domestic Violence, Identity Theft and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: I've lost everything. My Ex-husband stole my identity, 2019, and ultimately my home of 18yrs in 2021. Is there a case?

I have my warranty deed, as well as the warranty deed of the woman I purchased my home from before Matthew and I were even married. In our divorce it states we have no claim to any belongings or property of the other. Also in decree, this will come up later, I had my last name legally changed back... View More

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
answered on Sep 29, 2023

A forged deed is not valid. You can file suit to challenge the forged deed and regain possession of your property. The notary may also have liability, and the notary probably posted a bond in the amount of $10,000 from which you might recover. You should consult with an attorney because the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Hi if I was wrongly Convict for Slickly identity and was in jail for a day can I sue
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 17, 2023

How are you intending to prove you were wrongfully convicted? Until you do, you are simply convicted.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Can I get sued or arrested for pretending to be a politician, if the person is not real

Recently I went online pretending to be the vice governor, I made up a name the person I used is not real, it's all a joke and I would never give out potentially dangerous information, I just want to know is this legal, can I get arrested

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 25, 2023

A Michigan attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. A criminal attorney should advise on this, to prevent any violation of laws involving impersonation or related crimes. Good luck

2 Answers | Asked in Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Banking for Michigan on
Q: A national bank ignored a freeze and fraud alert on my credit and allowed a new fraudulent account anyway. Recourse?

After a national bank allowed a fraudulent account to be opened in my name I froze my credit with all three bureaus and added a fraud alert. Weeks later, another national bank ignored the freeze and the fraud alert and opened new accounts in my name, along with obviously suspicious activity.

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answered on Mar 4, 2023

You may have recourse against the national bank that ignored the credit freeze and fraud alert. You could start by filing a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) if the bank is a national bank. You could also... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: What are the charges for Attempted identiy theft in Michigan. Is it considered a felony or a misdemeanor or what?

What's the outcome of relieving this charge

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Not sure what the circumstances are you're asking about. But if you are a victim, your first call should be to the police. They, in conjunction with the prosecutor, will determine what charges are appropriate.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: How can I get my name cleared after someone used my identity to make a false CPS report against my grandsons father?

It came to my attention by way of my daughters FOC case that I was being accused of making a false CPS report against my grandsons father. After doing a FOIA request to find out what this was I received the police reports along with 7 pages of a CPS LEN, all unredacted, and my name is listed as... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 22, 2022

I'm unsure what you are asking. If your concern is that a call you made was reported inaccurately, that's one thing. If you're saying you never made a call, then that's a whole other thing.

The information you received through FOIA are reports, which are always subject...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Identity Theft and Internet Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue tiktok to get a fake account taken down that someone opened up in my name and took one of my videos and put on

Fake account and I know who did it. I also feel this guy is scouting minors for trafficking I have emailed them over a dozen times n reported his account with no luck since 12/31/21. Not sure what else to do??

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 22, 2022

I'm not sure how TikTok would be liable to you. Most social media companies, in that finely printed terms and conditions no one reads when they sign up for an account, say basically "we're just a platform and not responsible for the content users upload".

If you know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: can i get advice about a husband who stopped paying bills to ruin my credit because his name is not on anythhing

he always had bad credit so we put everything in my name and the last couple years he became selfish and has stopped paying for things in my name and i am a stay at home mother he has always told me doesnt want me to work but i feel i dont have another option and i will be divorcing him i dont... View More

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

Sounds like you are on the right path. You'll need to settle this through the divorce process.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Any Advice

I Got Arrested For 3rd degree retail fraud and I was so scared cause I never been in trouble so I was acting out of fear and used a fake name and now I got a letter in the mail to get arraigned and I Don’t Wanna go to jail I have a 1 year old son and I just got a good job working at the hospital... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 17, 2021

Best to face this head on. Otherwise, there will be a warrant for your arrest. And while the police likely won't come out with the SWAT team to arrest you on something like this, these sort of things often creep up and catch up with you when you can least afford to deal with it: you get pulled... View More

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... View 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 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 Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan life estate deeded home laws. I am the son in 2016 I bought mom and dads house with cash no mortgage needed

Or wanted and I deeded back to them immediately with life estate deeded &recorded. Now in 2018 my bank claims they put a $945,000 future advance mortgage on their home thru me without their signature or consent. The attorney I had did not name my daughter as remainderman listed no one except me... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 7, 2021

Lot going on here...are you saying that a mortgage was processed without signatures? You may need to contact the title company to help figure out what's going on.

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