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If I start making payments to the bank for two checks that was return back to me as account closed can I be prosecuted?

Amherst, NY |

Open investigation for a person writing me two checks, I withdrew the funds and spent the money before I knew the checks were bad, police assume that I was out to commit fraud because I know the person and the person once lived with me. When I became aware of the situation I started to make payments however bank wants all the money due to stop prosecution. I don't have all the money that is in question to pay back to the bank, is there anything that I can do to avoid being charged for this situation other than having all the money to pay to the bank?

Attorney Answers 2


  1. From the facts laid out I don't see any criminal acts by you. However, you should immediately consult with a Criminal Defense lawyer.


  2. I think you have asked this before and I still don't see a criminal case against you unless you knew the checks were no good. Paying the money back does not stop a criminal case if the police chose to arrest you.

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