Wisconsin In 2007 I became the victim of identity theft in my online business. From 2007 to 2009 the integrity of the site was compromised multiple times. Resulting in 116 unhappy customers and numerous problems with charge backs. It took two years but I was able to fix the problem. During this time I learned a family member was the cause, one of my children. This same child of mine (adult child) also took out a fraudulent loan against another of my children and wrote a bad check.
These crimes were done in a way that would appear I was also involved. Last fall I was charged and have been in court now 10 months fighting the charges. I made full restitution for the loan and check within one week of charges being filed. Now I am fully aware the answer would be give them my child’s name. She is 23 a single mom with an infant and this would not be her first arrest – she would be put in prison. For me I have never been arrested and have run my business since 1997 for 13 years without issue until 2007.
The revelation this was my child crashed my world. I chose to sell the online music store in February 2010 and make major changes in my life once this was over. Little did I know it would only become a million times more terrible.
The detective who is handling the charges against me took it upon herself to contact the new owner and told him I was going to jail for fraud. This resulted in him claiming the business was fraud and he would no longer honor the debt he owes me of $200,000 for the business. By the way he still has my business and has blocked my access as well as stolen the corporate name. This same detective also contacted the broker who worked for me to sell my business and told me I had been arrested dozens of times and was going to prison; the broker was instructed to return the escrow funds I was owed to the new owner. To date this detective has taken all of my business computers and files (4 months ago) and told all the clients I was currently doing projects for in the new business I started in March after the sale of my online store I was heading to prison.
She has effectively cost me everything and to date NO CHARGES have been filed against me. What is MY recourse? I have 3 attorneys who I have paid to date over $60,000 and nothing has been done. Please help me – can a detective lie like this without consequence?
So Lost….What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?