Michigan Identity Theft Questions & Answers

Q: What can I sue someone for as the victim of an assault and battery and larceny from a car?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Answered on Aug 22, 2018
Daniel Hilf's answer
You were the victim of an intentional tort (assault and battery) and can pursue a civil lawsuit against him. The lawsuit can be filed as a small claims matter (where you represent yourself in court), however your recovery will be limited. You, or a lawyer retained to represent you, can file a civil lawsuit to pursue this matter against him. A lawyer might be willing to represent you with an hourly fee agreement. A lawyer might be willing to handle the case on a contingency fee (the lawyer...

Q: My child is 13, he stole my bank card and bought a semi-auto bb gun off of amazon. What can he be charged with

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
Jasmine D. Rippy's answer
If you report your son to police, he could be charged with illegal use of a financial transaction device, which is a felony. Because he used the card online, he could also be charged with using the internet or a computer to commit a crime, which in this case would be a felony because the underlying offense is a felony. For adults, each charge carries penalties of up 4 years in jail and $5,000 in fines. Your son will most likely be tried as a juvenile and in such case, there will be a variety...

Q: I was in prison and an ex girlfriend used my identity to try to open several accounts and killed my credit score

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 17, 2018
Adam Alexander's answer
You can absolutely collect damages if you are a victim of identity theft. Depending on the severity of your credit damage you are entitled to compensation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You would first have to set up the lawsuit properly by retaining an experienced FCRA lawyer. You can usually get a free consultation so I urge you to seek representation immediately. A civil action against the perpetrator is not likely to succeed in Michigan. But the FCRA might be the avenue to make...

Q: I moved out. My before my address changed my roommate got my tax info and is withholding it. Is it a crime? whats to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018
Linda Simmons Campbell's answer
The easiest and less stressful way for you to get your tax documents would be to request them from your employers, etc. again. You can also request them from the IRS but usually they are not available until very close to or after the filing deadline so you would need to file and extension request and pay any amount due prior to April 15th.

Q: How to remove my name off my ex husband's credit cards? how to transfer 401K from ex into my account?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Answered on Oct 25, 2017
Brent T. Geers' answer
Are you and your ex on speaking terms? If so, you should confront him with this new listing to see what he says. It could be an old card that he thought your name had been removed from, and the error lies with the credit card company itself. If not, you may want to contact the credit reporting agency to report this recent listing as possible ID theft.

As to the 401K, you'll likely need a Michigan lawyer to draft and submit a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO). This needs to be...

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