I am a college student that worked for an investment fund as an assistant. My boss used to go out of town a lot and to make things easier he made me a signatory on an account so I could write checks to the investors while he was away. Now the company is getting sued for fraud and RICO and money laundering. I (along with 17 other people that worked there) are named in this lawsuit. This is Crazy! I was only a signatory on the account. I do not own the account or know anything about where the money was invested. Can I be held responsible for anything ?? I was a low level employee and I did whatever my boss told me! how are these people allowed to sue me?
Crazy things happen. Under the law, the signer of a corporate check can not be held liable unless there is some indication that the signer intended to be personally liable. But, how do you defend yourself? For a situation such as this, you should have an attorney. There are a number of procedural tools to get the Plaintiff to back off or potentially be liable to pay your legal fees.
I realize you do not want to have to pay an attorney in the first place, but the Plaintiff has the right to start a law suit, and now you need to be adequately represented.
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I agree fully with Mr. Lampert. From the plaintiff's perspective, they may have no idea of your age, experience, or involvement. They just know that you were the one signing some of the checks. So, they sued you along with the others and figure that during the discovery process they will learn more.
To keep all of your future opportunities alive, I suggest you immediately consult with an attorney who could defend you in this action, as well as with a criminal attorney to advise as to any possible criminal investigations that may be underway, whether you know of such investigations or not, and how best to respond to such questioning and possible charges. ACT NOW!!!
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