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My Ex-Husband Says I Defrauded Him By Paying His Bills. – NI


“Dear Steve,

I am going through a divorce right now. My husband lied and reported me as fraudulently cashing his unemployment checks into our joint bank account (when we were together). I did sign his name as I always did and deposited them into our account, along with my check from my job and paid OUR BILLS together.

He waited a few months and reported me as a fraud saying he didnt give me permission to cash them. can he really get me for fraud? if I can prove and show that I paid his bills for him with the money does that help? what do I do??


Dear NI,

Sounds like you’ve got a real asshole for an ex-husband. You can always get local legal advice by contacting an attorney. I suspect this situation can be easily handled with an explanation and proof that your bills were handled this way before all of this happened. You can also show that he received a benefit from you paying his bills with his own money.

Who is he threatening to turn you in to? I’d wait till someone specifically asks you to explain the situation. Until then he’s simply trying to scare you and he’s probably doing a good job of it.


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