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2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: If I use my husband's Amazon account and credit card without his knowledge, is this technically a form of ID theft?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 9, 2018

It is not ID theft. It is plain criminal theft.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What is the best way to go about check fraud?

My ex-boyfriend took 5 checks from me and wrote them out to himself. Signed my name and everything. The total loss was $3095. I have made a claim with my bank, what is the best course of action to hold him responsible and get my money back?

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway answered on Oct 16, 2018

Our firm routinely handles these small claims cases for a flat rate of $725.

I’m NY, small claims court has subject matter jurisdiction over amounts in dispute between $0 and $5000; civil court between $5000 and $25,000, and supreme court in New York entertains cases where the amounts...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Voluntary discontinuance. form Foster and Garbus in case however its don't say with prejudice was my dads debt.

my dad passed away 2010 and they all keep coming after me

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 1, 2018

It does not matter now. The statute of limitations would be expired. Plus, you are not liable for dad's debts.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Who do I report an incidence of identity theft to in New York? My city? Or some higher-up entity?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 22, 2018

The police, and any company impacted like your bank, etc. Also, put a fraud alert on your credit report.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What is the punishment for someone using another person's Social Security number?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 2, 2018

It depends what they did, where they did it, and if it was with consent or not.

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Hi i was given a desk appearance ticket due to a false report but I then told the truth will I just be facing probation?

Hi i was given a desk appearance ticket due to a false report but I then told the truth will I just be facing probation and no jail time I’m almost 7 months pregnant and have a 4 year old Please help firt time I’ve ever been to court or have written a roport or anything in scared

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jul 25, 2018

Go to court. Ask for a conditional dismissal, which means if you have a clean record for six months, the charge is dropped.

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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I found out someone is using my name and they have a criminal record - what do I do to wipe that off?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jul 21, 2018

It depends on what they did. Make a police report. Contact each fake debt and make a fraud report. On your credit report, put a fraud alert.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What happens if I was given an HR password and used it to log into the account and saw information about myself?

Someone at work has given me the password to HR gmail account. They told me to look in it for something related to my company trying to terminate me. I looked but cleared my browser history. I mistakenly kept the password in a draft message in my email gmail account. What criminally can I be... Read more »

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway answered on Jun 22, 2018

Although you "could be charged" by the police for a violation or low-level misdemeanor (like criminal mischief), the DA will probably decline to prosecute and even if they do, nothing will likely come of it. You lacked the "Mens Rea" (or guilty mind) for a more serious criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I just found out someone in my family forged checks under my name

- how long do I have to report this to make sure I don't get penalized?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 5, 2018

Immediate. Also, you may be responsible anyway.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Father in law using husbands personal information without consent.

My father in law used to live with my husband and I, but he moved away to FL and we dont speak due to unfortunate circumstances. We got paper mail with his name and my husbands name on it. Apparently he opened an account with a stocks/investment company using his own name and my husbands name,... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 18, 2018

Your husband should run his credit report. He can do it for free at annualcreditreport.com. You do not get your score but you get the entries. See what is there. Put a fraud complaint on anything false. If you are actually out money, file a police report.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Do i file a police report if my identity has been compromised?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 16, 2018

Yes. And a fraud alert with each credit bureau.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Is it recommended that you get a new social security number if you feel it's been compromised?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 27, 2018

You can try, but actually it is VERY hard to change numbers. Put a fraud alert on your credit report.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I am being denied a police report from my local precinct and being told that I must file somewhere else. Is this lawful?

My drivers license was stolen (I have a police report and a DMV report for this) and recently used as ID in a car accident that I was not a part of. I obtained the Police Accident Report for this wreck then went to my local NYPD 78th Precinct to report this instance. The officers on duty said that... Read more »

Zev Goldstein
Zev Goldstein answered on Mar 30, 2018

Getting a police report changed is difficult. You may want to start with filing a police report that your identity was used by someone other than yourself. If the matter is investigated, that officer will be in a position to request that the accident report be corrected.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I used my ex girlfriends debit card with out her permission. I have already paid all the charges back to her in full.

Can she still use this against me to get what she wants. She is threatening to press charges if I don’t do everything she ask

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 20, 2018

If she accepted payment back it is unlikely any prosecutor would pursue anything. You would claim it was a loan you paid back. Do not admit to using it without permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: If I let Equifax know my identity's been stolen, am I required to do anything else?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 9, 2018

If you know that something was done in your name you must inform the police, and the institution that gave false credit to the thief.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Am I able to change my social security number?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jan 19, 2018

Under very, very narrow circumstances. You need to deal directly with the Social Security Administration.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Identity Theft for New York on
Q: I need to know what to do when the company I worked for looses my hire papers that have a copy ofmy SS card in it.

I sent a new hire packet to the address that was given to me from Merchandising Solutions Group, this packet has a copy of my SS card and all of my personal information to take my identity. 2 weeks after I had sent this NHP they send me an email giving me a new address and telling me I sent the NHP... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Dec 10, 2017

Monitor your credit closely and/or hire a company to do it for you.

If you used USPS did you mail it certified with return receipt? Use e-mail next time. Few tech savvy ones use USPS or faxes any more.

If you have no written agreement that you and employer signed start looking for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: Someone stole my boyfriend information and stole it to someone in Africa what are some action he can take?

Someone stole my boyfriend information to someone in Africa what are some legal action he can to clear his name and get back his identity. immigration his email him a letter explaining what happened and they arrested the guy who tried to gain an US passport. we need help!

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 24, 2017

If the police are involved that is good. Pull his credit report and file a fraud claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: What's the first thing I should do if I suspect my identity was stolen/tampered with?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 17, 2017

Run your credit report.

2 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for New York on
Q: My grandmother passed away but someone got ahold of her credit card information and made charges both before and after

she died. Is her estate responsible for paying them?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 18, 2017

The estate is not responsible.

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