We have a credit card machine for credit card at the store and in the last month or so I have been noticing a lot of credits transactions on the statements. I contacted the credit card machine vendor and the stated that the credits or funds are being put onto a credit card that has never been used in my store for any purchased. The vendor provided me with the credit card number but could not give my the card holders name. I believe it may be my business partner doing this. Can I sue for fraud and stealing? Please help?
We do not have any employees, my business partner is the only person working at the shop since we started this business....
You need to be sure of what's going on here before you sue anyone. Can you dispute the charged credits with the credit card processor so that they'll investigate the transactions? Can they block this card from further credits?
Whether or not the credit card processor will help, you need to confront your partner. If your partner admits responsibility, report this to the police. Whether or not the police consider this a civil matter, if your partner has been stealing from the business, you need to end this partnership. You can sue for dissolution of the partnership, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and for an accounting, among other claims. If you have a written partnership contract, you may have restrictions on your rights and/or other remedies, so you need to hire a business litigator to review your contract and pursue your claims as applicable.
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Real Estate Attorney
My colleague is correct. This also could be an employee, an ex-employee or someone who has accessed your login information. If no purchases have been made, then the thefts are being made from the credit card owner. Are the funds being deposited into your parntership bank account? Is your partner withdrawing them?
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Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
You can sue for dissolution, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty and for an accounting. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. You might find my Legal Guide helpful "Ethics: Yes I Need a Lawyer!"
Good luck to you.
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