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this kid was making fake ids, and being naive i thought i

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this kid was making fake id's, and being naive i thought i could make some cash on the side by finding people to buy ids from him. he took their money and never gave them anything. now all the people he stole from are harassing me. if i go to the cops to turn him in (he deals drugs and conterfeits other things), do i go to jail? i realize that what i did was immature and stupid, but i didn't make any id's or anything, i just gave him people's money.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ali Kirk replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for the question. Question. How did you collect the money from this kid's clients? Meaning, did these clients tell you that they were paying for the Id's?

 

Thank you.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes, they said they were paying for the ids. they would give me cash and their photo.
Expert:  Ali Kirk replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for the follow-up. Based on the facts that you presented, you could possibly be charged with either:

 

-Being a principal to the crime; or

 

-a co-conspirator.

 

A principal to a crime is a person who is involved in a crime due to his knowledge of the crime and facilitating the crime. For example -- if two people drive to a convenience store with the intent of robbing it, but only one person robs and the other stays in the car -- both can be charged with robbery.

 

In most states, principals are subject to the same punishment as the main person involved.

 

A conspiracy is when two or more people make an agreement to commit a crime and usually carry out some act in furtherance of the crime.

 

Based on the facts you presented, you could be charged with theft and possibly some kind of fraud.

 

Now to reality. Without knowing your record -- generally a person in your situation would probably be subject to a lesser crime than the kid. Also, the prosecutor may want to make a deal with you, in order to get the kid. However, these are only possibilities and if the kid is a juvenile, then things could be different.

 

Unfortunately this site is limited and I cannot determine what would happen. As a result, it would be advisable for you to consult with a local attorney. Why? Because everything you say to an attorney -- he/she cannot repeat.

 

As a result, it would be best not to speak to anyone else about this situation other than an attorney because other persons could be compelled to testify.

 

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