I put up the money he brought the knowledge. After purchasing the product he lost his job and all the proceeds went straight to paying his bills and never once did he make a deposit into the account. We were over and done in less than 6 months. This has been about 6 years ago is there a statue of limitations that I may have exceeded?
You need to talk to law enforcement not to a bunch of defense attorneys that would representing HIM.
Criminal Defense Attorney
I agree with Mr. Earl and suspect that you are correct as to the time limits. In addition to law enforcement, you might see local counsel to determine if there are any causes of action under WA law.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
Though your question is posted under "White Collar Crime," you say you want to "sue." As to the almost six years passing, the statute of limitations is three years for most felonies of this nature, so it is probably too late for any criminal case. The same for any civil suit based on oral promises.
For written agreements, the statute of limitations is six years, so if you have a written agreement between the two of you that he violated, then you have a chance, but must act fast since it was "about" six years ago. Under the "discovery" rule in civil cases, the six years may only start to run from when you found out he was embezzling the funds.
If there is no written agreement, it appears your are most likely out of luck. Always act as promptly as possible in pursuing a clear legal wrong.