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Which agency is investigating this crime?
I have not reported it yet, but it would be reported to my local police department.
Who's EBT card was this?
It was mine.
If your ex-girlfriend stole and used this card you can report it to the police.
Also why is police investigating you, if this was your card?
They are not investigating me. I was in jail because i was charged with domestic battery. I just want to know if i can press charges and how long will it take to get her arrested for stealing from me?
You can make a police report. There is no set time for them to investigate. However if you have given you ex-gf your EBT card and also your pin, it would look like that you have given her authorization to use your card.
Ok so basically it's my word against hers.
Keep in mind that it might be illegal to give your EBT card to anyone, as it is non-transferable.
Technically i didnt give it to her, but I did let her use it in the past. While i was in jail it was left in my wallet at home.
Correct and it might actually make the situation worst for you as well. Both of you can be charged. She can be charged with unauthorized use of your EBT card and you can be charged with unlawful transfer of the public benefit card.
Reporting her as a form of revenge, might backfire on you and bring more attention to your situation from the law enforcement and most people do not want to have that type of attention or scrutiny.
Ok I see, and she can simply argue that we were using the food stamps as a household since we lived together?
This is always an issue with bank/credit cards that require a pin to be used. The pin is not supposed to be given to anyone but the intended user, so unless someone forces you at a gun point to give them your pin, in most cases it is very hard to prove that the person who has used the card by using a pin, did it without the owner's authorization.
I would suggest that you simply stay away from her to avoid any further problems and issues with her, such as potential restraining order, police reports, etc...
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