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Do you know what the law is in Mexico - my sister used my

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Do you know what the law is in Mexico - my sister used my father's debit card, was not the beneficiary, and spent a lot of money after his death. Is this a serious crime?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 months ago.
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If her name was not on the account, then this is actually a theft, as she did not have authorization upon his death to use the card or access the funds in the account. You can file criminal charges for theft with the police or the District Attorney against her and it is solely at the DA's discretion as to whether or not it will pursue criminal charges or refer you to sue in civil court.
Also, it is grounds to file a civil suit against her by the estate to recover all of the money she took from the account.