There was no meeting of the minds nor consideration for what you are saying was an oral contract. And the Statute of Frauds also controls here.
So, do not sign an Operating Agreement without full advice of a hired attorney for the LLC.Ask a similar question
I appreciate that you tried to provide enough detail for us to answer. I think the simplest take is to assume he has en enforceable oral contact. I'm not saying he does or doesn't. What the question turns on is the illegal nature of the activity. If his actions truly did have an adverse effect on the LLC, or reasonably could have, then you could have a defense even to a valid breach of contract claim. Leaving aside that he would have a tough time proving damages and certainly a tougher time compelling you to give him a minority interest, you and the LLC seem to have a better position. Best think to do is get a lawyers advice as to documenting your situation and making the best-informed decision regarding this other party. Then the ball will be in his court.
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