purchaes a vehicle from dealer 2006. less than 3 months later, broke down, drove round trip 40 miles to dealer to fix. Again broke dow, another 40 mile trip, same original problem. this time they told me $1000 to fix, warranty expired by 10 miles. I flipped, so they said they would send car out to another dealer to fix and cover $700 of bill. I would pay $300. I picked up, invoice only said $318, paid it and same day found out other dealer charged $826, or so. Stopped payment same day, called my dealer, told them I would send new check for the balance after I deducted the $700 they agreed to pay. I did that. Six years later, the check warranty co. for that dealership said they will have me arrested if I dont pay $548 for the check, lawyers fees, etc, however this is the first know itthey said they could not find me, I live in the same town, different address, however address was changed with post office, I worked, pay taxes and certainly am visible. Don't know why they could not find me! I feel bullied, they said they would arrest me for fraud! Please help!
You are asking for the kind of advice that this forum is not really appropriate for. There are a number of potential issues in your matter that require the attention of an attorney. Further, there are both criminal and civil consequences if you make a mistake in handling this dispute. See a lawyer right away.
Yes, stopping payment on a check is a chargeable offense. It is also a very defendable case where there is some justification. I find it odd that they would contact you six years later unless they got a small court judgment against you already.
Go to the followiing URL and look up your name and see if any judgments have entered against you. If there is a judgment you may have to pay what they are asking for or you will have to reopen those cases at your cost.
I definitely agree that you should talk to a criminal attorney, Not only for the reasons given by other responders but the way you describe a communication between you and this other entity whatever it is. You should bring whatever proof you have as to that communication.
The above is not intended as legal advice. The response does not constitute the creation of an attorney client relationship as this forum does not provide for a confidential communication.
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