My Commercial tenant walked out owing a large amount of back – rent. He signed his restaurant equipment as security for this back rent. But when he left, he filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy within 90 days of the filing of the lien on the equipment, which means I will not get the equipment. However, after he left, inspection of the premises showed major neglect and damage, to the building. So far the damages have come to around $100,000.00. Can I file criminal charges against the tenant, and if he is found guilty, what would likely be the outcome? Considering his bankruptcy , would it be worth hiring an attorney? What other options do I have in this situation?
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