Someone sent me money in a one time bank transfer. As they promised they would. Then they demanded that I send the money to some random person in Connecticut by bitcoin or western union. I was concerned it was money laundering so I said no. They kept repeatedly demanding I do so. I told them to let me send back the money but they refuse, telling me to send it to Connecticut.
I have two questions. One, if they sent me money willingly to my account, does that make the money legally mine?
Second, is it harrassment if they keep texting and threatening me, saying they are going to call the police and even posing as an FBI Officer?
Whether the money is yours depends on the facts as to why the money was sent to you in the first place. It sounds like based on your question that you had an expected role as to what you were supposed to do with the money. That being said it sounds like you are caught up in a potential criminal enterprise and if it's subject to an ongoing already existing investigation; your phones and accounts may be subject to monitoring by federal law enforcement. You should seek the representation of an experienced criminal attorney and refrain from posting facts on a public website such as this that is not privileged or confidential.
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I agree with my colleague. The question you need to answer (and not online but with an experienced) is for what purpose or with what understanding was the money sent. If the money is being used for some other purpose, there may be fraud liability. Even if the money is being used for its intended purpose, but that purpose is criminal in nature, you may have separate liability. As described above, there are many issues at play here so its important you discuss all the facts with an attorney.
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