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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: How to deal with a tenant not on the lease, and who is not paying any rent money.

I moved out of my apartment in Michigan, and found a guy to stay in it, and we had an agreement that he will pay me rent every month. He is NOT on the lease. He payed me for the months of October and November. He has, as of december, not payed me rent, and is not answering my calls.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 22, 2020

First, does your lease - the agreement YOU entered into with the landlord - allow for this arrangement (subleasing)? And if so, is the landlord aware that this is what's going on now? If not, the amount owed is between you and the landlord.

You could do as you're proposing: pay off the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Identity Theft for Louisiana on
Q: My brother uses my name when cops inquire who he is

My brother has a bench warrant. He got a ticket for an argument him and his girlfriend got into. My brother did not go to his court date. He was arrested once for drug paraphernalia. He does not know my social or my drivers license number. He just gives them my name and DOB and address assuming... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 20, 2020

You cannot prevent him from being an asshole. Cut off ties with him and GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA. Privacy settings are not worth crap.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts, Identity Theft and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I gave someone my bank account information and now they are taking all my money. I want to know if I can still report
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 19, 2020

more info needed.

how long ago was this? did you report it? to whom? put a freeze on your account and contact police,

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: Information below

If I have a bank account in my name and my ex is a sub person on the account but her checks are direct deposited to my account and I close the account due to her hacking in and changing all of my information on my bank account where I could no longer get into my account. As well as my emails and... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Jan 16, 2020

It would depend greatly on what you mean by “hacking in” to determine whether you have a cause of action. If she is/was also an authorized account user, she would be/is legally permitted to make changes to the account. However, if she has defrauded you or misappropriated/stolen funds, you may... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Kentucky on
Q: Accused of using someones EBT card

I am being accused of using someones EBT card. I got a text from who I thought was my grandmother, of the EBT card number. I bought groceries with it and manually typed it in while looking at my phone. I am on camera doing this. I was unaware it was someone elses card. Now, my case was sent to the... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 16, 2020

Hire a lawyer. Be prepared to repay the $83. You will not likely go to jail. Case will probably be diverted and dismissed if you don’t get in anymore trouble.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Louisiana on
Q: My daughter in law has 15 counts of identity theft against her the card was from a person she was sitting who is dead

The lady is deceased and my dil was told to use it on her and live also she is accused of using another ladies card but had permission how much time could she get

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 12, 2020

'Sorry that your question remains open on something where time is of the essence. It was probably overlooked in this category. You probably know this already - if you haven't so far, contact a criminal defense attorney without delay - one you find on this site, through your own independent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate, Banking and Identity Theft for California on
Q: How can i prove the probate administrator commited fraud for stealing 220k pod account by way of false court order ?
Bill Sweeney
Bill Sweeney answered on Jan 11, 2020

Owners of bank accounts can designate beneficiaries by adding a "payable-on-death" (POD) designation. At the death of the account holder the POD beneficiary can claim the money directly from the bank without probate court proceedings. Similarly, owners of investment accounts can designate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for Louisiana on
Q: Can you define infirmity or disabled adult?

I am working a case where the POA was abused solely for personal gain.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 10, 2020

In ordinary lay terms, infirmity means a physical or mental weakness. Disability means a condition that limits one's activities or movements. But I don't think knowing that is going to be enough here. Legally, these terms can be defined by statutes, insurance policies, legal instruments, or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Probate, White Collar Crime and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Would a criminal court judge grant a exparte petition in a probate matter ?
James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jan 10, 2020

No. Both are separate branches of the superior court, but both have separate functions: a criminal court adjudicates criminal law matters and a probate court adjudicates matters affecting trusts and estates. Rarely will one branch of the superior court step on the toes of another branch of the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Identity Theft, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: My caretaker took $30,000 out of my bank account using my pin number after he his my medication and made me bed ridden.

The bank denied my despute. What can I do?

Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin answered on Jan 5, 2020

I would talk to the police.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: Could I be charged as well if I was present for when my boyfriend used stolen credit cards to pay for our things

I did not know that he was using any stolen cards if he even did they’re still investigating I’m not sure if he did but if he was using a stolen cards I’m sure I may have been there a timer to you as we spend a lot of time together

Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III answered on Dec 25, 2019

Yes, you could be charged with a criminal offense under the situation you describe. What you did and did not know is a fact question, and fact questions are settled at trial. Call an attorney. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft and Social Security for Nevada on
Q: How can I tell if a family member stole my identity and is collecting my disability?
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 18, 2019

Contact social security.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Utah on
Q: I live in Utah, and someone is contacting a local celebrity's wife and impersonating me. What laws are they breaking?

I don't know yet what they are saying—only that they have annoyed the couple and have made me look bad, with representatives of the couple having now contacted me to try to end what is happening. This was last week or so, and it may still be happening today.

Lane Wood
Lane Wood answered on Dec 17, 2019

Without knowing more, this could be a violation of several laws. If you are seeking criminal consequences, you can make a police report and allow the state to determine what charges, if any to bring against the individual impersonating you. You may also consider seeking civil relief that may... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: Can i argue to not include the sales tax in a grand theft case?

I was charged with grand theft last year because the items were rung up as being over $950, $956 to be exact. Having the sales tax included in the total makes my case a felony instead of a misdemeanor. The deal i was given does not fit my crime. But instead if looking at what happened, all the... Read more »

David Stephen Kestenbaum
David Stephen Kestenbaum answered on Dec 16, 2019

Generally sales tax is NOT included in determining the loss just as "sale" prices don't apply. They both only apply to actual "purchases" not theft.

I find it hard to believe the DA included tax and your lawyer should make a Motion to Reduce to a Misdemeanor at the Preliminary Hearing....
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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I gave my full name, address, e-mail, and credit card number to phone scammer. Do I need to contact the IRS and police?

I have contacted the 3 credit bureaus and added fraud alert. I sent a complaint to FTC. I cancelled my credit card and just paid for one year of credit monitoring with IdentityForce. Am I legally responsible if they use my identity to open accounts, conduct criminal activity, and so on? I don't... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Dec 3, 2019

You did enough. If you did not give your social security number too, you are fine. Cancelling the card is sufficient. There has been no crime yet, so the police would not get involved. The IRS has nothing to do with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Illinois on
Q: How can I have a parolee removed from my home?

Parolee is a family member who has /is not complying with conditions of parole and has engaged in criminal activity.

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Dec 3, 2019

You will have to proceed with an eviction. You may wan to consult an attorney that handles landlord/tenant matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for New Jersey on
Q: Credit Card Fraud: What can the outcome be if I have more than enough evidence?

A woman that I know had stolen my credit card and used it at multiple different stores (11-13 stores). I have more then enough evidence: messages of her sending my card information to another women, email receipts of food deliveries that were sent to the apartment that she was staying at, also... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 27, 2019

In any case the outcome is always the same until it comes out of the judges mouth that no one knows. Thus it can be guilty or not guilty. Based on what you have presented it sounds like it would definitely be a guilty

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I was a victim of an online scam that pretended to be a job, they scammed me and a buyer on PayPal and now I am in debt.

I was a victim of an internet scam where they claimed to be a job, and my job was to be a representative for a company called, which is a huge auction site. I did research and I found out they were lying the whole time and were using my information to scam people this way it landed all... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 23, 2019

Report this to the authorities and let them investigate and pursue it for you. That way, you’ll be protected if anyone ever comes back to you for payment.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Identity Theft, Small Claims and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia on
Q: I have two puppies,they got out of the fence & are trapped at my neighbors house because they have them what can i do?

I couldnt find my puppies when they got loose but i can hear them whining at my neighbors,and everytime i call for them its like they take them inside,and they have pitbulls so i dont know what to do,what can i do about them keeping my puppies? Or if they dont give them back?

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 22, 2019

Have you called the police? If you have and they classified it as a civil matter, you will need to sue your neighbors for taking your property. It is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible for the safety and well-being of your puppies.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Identity Theft and Stockbroker Fraud for New York on
Q: Financial brokerage house paid out funds from the account of a deceased accountholder - the broker did not know of death

Broker was a national security dealer. When broker learned of death did not disclose post-death withdrawals from account to estate fiduciary.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 22, 2019

Who are you to this deal? It may not be prejudicial. Depends on where the money went and where it was supposed to go. If to you, you can sue. The broker cannot be liable for not knowing of death, but can be liable if it should have known authorization was improper.

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