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I am sorry to hear that you have been placed in this situation.
I suggest that you are going to have to sue him to get the money returned. So the question is does he have the assets to pay a judgment - in other words is it gonna be worth your time and money to go after him ?
With that being said, I suggest that you might consider writing him a letter stating that what he did was criminal and that you want the money returned. State that you will have no other option but to report the matter to the District Attorney if he does not return it - I suggest you say within 10 days from receipt of the letter
Mail that letter certified with a return receipt requested.
If he does not, then you need to decide if you want to sue him
You can also try to get the DA to file criminal charges against him - and the request the court order Restitution to you - but again, that is only going to get your money if he has it to give
Well, your Mother would also have to be brought in on a lawsuit. But you don't have to do it. Your Father can, if he can prove that she also used or has the money.
And yes, you can proceed with the suggestions as I noted.
And yes, if you can get a local attorney to assist you, you can ask the court to assess your fees to him since he is the reason you are bringing the case. That is why the letter mailed certified making the request is an important step. It shows the court you tried to settle it out of court.
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