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Is there any defense I have to not get charged with larceny? I deposited two checks into my bank account that was bad

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Police detective told me that I may get charged with larceny. My ex boyfriend wrote me two checks sometime around August or September totaling $4,000, at that time he told me it will be ok to cash the checks in November. In Nov. I deposited both checks into my account, funds became available, and a week later checks came back as account(s) closed. When I contacted my ex he told me that there was a situation with his bank and the money wasn't available in there and he told me that he will make good on the amount he owes me. The Bank Filed a Incident Report and police came to my home to ask me questions of the person that gave me the checks. I explained to them that I deposited the two checks before asking him if the funds were available and I told them that it was a misunderstanding.

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I think is this is hte third time I am answering this question. Unless you were participating in some scam, I don't see criminal liability on you. Stop speaking to the police and hire a criminal defense lawyer.

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Again this same question? Go see a Buffalo lawyer.

Good luck.


I doubt that you will be charged on these facts, but simply do not know all of the facts.

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