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If he tricked you into buying him these items, it could be theft by deception. Promising to pay you back and not doing so, is a civil issue, with an action for breach of contract. He really didn't deceive you in any way. He is just a person who does not pay back debts. Any time money is loaded, a person takes the risk of not getting paid back. You having independent witnesses to testify in court as to the agreement ,would help your case. If you win, a judgement can be attached to his business and you would have to get your money, through that. Some action needs to be taken, as you can't let this go. Once you file a lawsuit, the owner may see you are not playing around and start to repay you.