I got a phone call from "claims investigation" no company name, just the mans name calling me. He said it was about a payday loan that I defaulted on in Utah. I was told that I am accused of Deposit Fraud and that there is a warrant for my arrest. He asked me for $520 to settle the matter and make the warrant go away. He said that my account had been closed due to being overdrawn which resulted in the company claiming fraud since I hadnt paid the loan off before the account was closed. Can they really arrest me for this. Im really worried.
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If you benefit from your deceit both civil and criminal punishment is possible. Do not post any details online because of potential self incrimination problems for you. Get a criminal defense lawyer on your side. Your lawyer will tell you not to speak to the police. If you confess to a crime you did not commit (trust me, it happens), you will be charged.
Everyone has a freedom against self-incrimination but an online site like this one is not private. What you post here may be used against you. No one can say what the evidence is against you so at least remain silent and do not incriminate yourself without speaking to a lawyer.
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You need a lawyer so get one. ASAP!
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Because this matter is so important you should really get a lawyer. Many factors such as age, prosecutor discretion, what judge you have, whether witnesses are credible all matter and that makes it near impossible to say what type of time you'll do if this is crime, if any.
You can miss defenses and say the wrong things if you are not represented by an advocate as your attorney.
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No one can know what the record is in the case because online we cannot find out any details about the loan or the investigation into the account that was done. You need a lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
Good luck to you.
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If you think that perhaps you did not pay off a payday loan in Utah, you might contact a Utah lawyer to see if such things can result in criminal charges in Utah (where I am not admitted to practice; nor am I admitted in California). If so, they can advise you about the possibility of you having them contact the prosecutor's office to see if such charges are actually pending.
The person calling you may simply be a bill collector. If he is, and he is threatening you in that way, he may have violated federal debt collection law and/or state consumer protection law. Ask him to send you something in writing, but do not discuss the substance, if any, of his allegations with him. Then take what you have learned and consult a Utah lawyer about the possibility of criminal charges and a California lawyer about possible civil claims you may have.
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