Can a person be charged with credit card fraud for being deep in debt?

Asked over 4 years ago - Linden, NJ

My ex provided false financial information while applying for his credit cards. Over the years his credit history was growing great, but he ran debts over $100,000, which he is not going to pay.
Can he be charged with criminal charges and would it fall under credit card fraud?

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  1. Jason Michael Rapa Esquire


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    Answered . Being unable to pay debts incurred in one's own name is generally not credit card fraud. The obtaining of credit cards under someone else's personal information without their knowledge would constitute fraud/identity theft.

    The inability to pay one's financial obligations is not a crime.

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