Good morning, over here, anyway, and thank you for your patience and for answering my questions.
I don't know everything you are in the middle of, but I can tell you that if you are in Bahrain, the person who got you into this mess is in Pakistan, and the law firm that you heard from is in NYC, and the call you got from arraignments is in the States in a 718 area code -- likely the Bronx with a 618 exchange -- you ought to sever your ties with your acquaintance in Pakistan, close your PayPal account, get on with your studies and pursue a different (and lawful) way of making money.
You've got three countries involved here so far that I know of, and if the call you got was from arraignments, somebody in the States has been arrested based on something that you've been involved in
. Whether or not anyone is looking to press criminal
charges against you
is something I can't tell for sure from here. Right now, I don't think so. What I can see, however, is that US authorities appear to be investigating a criminal enterprise that you are a part of. By allowing someone to use your account and by letting him launder his funds through PayPal, it's you that can be traced and not the person in Pakistan.
Calls from arraignments are from lawyers looking for information that can be used to help their arrested clients get out of jail while their cases are pending. They do this by verifying information that their clients have told them, so that they can tell the judge that the Prosecution's case is weaker than it looks on paper. If the client is claiming, for example, that all he did was to buy something from you that he didn't know was illegal, the lawyer might call you to confirm a part of his story. If what you tell the lawyer will help his client, ("I spoke to a Mr. So-and-so at this phone number, your honor and he told me . . . ") he will identify you on the record to the judge and the prosecutor. You don't want that.
So I would not call arraignments back, if I were you. You have no duty to cooperate with this lawyer. You don't even know who has been arrested. You personally didn't sell anything to anyone yourself -- not from this PayPal account. This is related to the Pakistanian, and believe me, you don't want to be further implicated in whatever is going on than you already are.
I don't think you are presently personally at risk for an arrest. The law firm that contacted you on your earlier matter is a civil firm here in NYC. They handle copyright matters and whatever else they may have wanted, it was not for a criminal case. Arraignments, on the other hand is the courtroom where a criminal defendant is first brought before a judge at the beginning of his criminal case. So again, someone in the US has been arrested and you are linked to it by something that person told his lawyer. (Probably -- but not definitely -- just who he paid at PayPal).
Walk away from all of this while you still can.
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Edited by FranL on 1/2/2010 at 4:07 PM EST