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There is a "financial exploitation" statute under Wisconsin law.
Financial Exploitation - as defined in Wis. Stat. §46.90(1)(ed), means any of the following:
- Obtaining an individual's money or property by deceiving or enticing the individual.
- Forcing, compelling, or coercing an individual to give, sell at less than fair market value, or in other ways transfer money or property against their will without informed consent.
- Theft, as prohibited in §943.20.
- The substantial failure or neglect of a fiscal agent to fulfill his or her responsibilities.
- Unauthorized use of an individual's personal identifying information or documents, as prohibited in §943.201.
- Unauthorized use of an entity's identifying information or documents, as prohibited in §943.203.
- Forgery, as prohibited in §943.38. 7. Financial transaction card crimes, as prohibited in §943.38.
- Financial transaction card crimes, as prohibited in §943.41.
Quite honestly, the fact that the officer didn't know whether this was a state or federal charge makes me doubt they know what they are talking about. There was no force or coercion here -he was given the choice to pay for the repairs or turn the car over. He knew what it was and willingly made his choice. He gave consent.
At best, ***** ***** a civil, not criminal matter. It's a contract dispute --the parties entered into an agreement to have the car repaired for a fee. When the fee wasn't paid, the person who made the repairs offered a choice to pay the fees or give up the car, which the other party did. If they do not believe the contract was valid or that the car should be returned, then their remedy is in civil court, not criminal.
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