You do not have to wait any time at all in order to go to the police with this or go to small claims court with this matter (this sounds like a classic case of fraud). SOmetimes the police do not want to get involved and if that is the case then small claims court may be your answer here. In CA you can pursue a small claims action for up to $7500 and you can find all of the forms you need online at http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-smallclaims.htm
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