my case is about forged lien releases in real estate and not receiving all of the proceeds from the sales.
Embezzlement and forgery are crimes, so you could try reporting this to the police, but they say that this is a civil, not a criminal matter, which means hiring your own business litigator to sue your business partner.
Your partner breached their "fiduciary duty" to you and to the partnership, and if they also committed fraud, those are "torts," meaning you're entitled to punitive, as well as compensatory damages. There's probably also a breach of contract regarding your partnerhsip agreement, which even if oral, precludes activity like this.
Consult a business litigator ASAP.
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You could contact the police and the prosecutor and file a complaint. Ultimately, it will be up to the prosecutor to determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed. In the meantime, you may want to consider contacting a civil litigator to pursue your partner.
You should report the embezzlement to the police, but understand they are not very experienced in handling cases involving embezzlement, since more commonly they deal with people who steal money with a gun or knife, not by using signatures. As to the real estate lien releases, if the property has not yet been sold, you would want to consult with an attorney immediately, they may be able to file suit, and a lis pendens, to prevent the properties from being sold in the future. If they have already been sold, you would still have a claim against your partner, but may have difficulty in collecting damages.
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