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Unfortunately, a business is typically entitled to refuse to deal with parties the business believes may have engaged in fraud. Sadly, a business is not required to give customers any "due process" prior to making such a refusal. However, if a party has interfered with a business relationship between two other parties, the parties injured by the interference could potentially have a basis for a lawsuit, such as one based on the theory of tortious interference with business relations. Further, when one party relies on another party to his detriment and is damaged by the other party's failure to fulfill the party's promises, the party damaged may have a basis for a detrimental reliance lawsuit.
If law enforcement contacts you regarding a criminal investigation, you may wish to involve your attorney, as anything you say may potentially be used against you in court. Your attorney can help you to avoid incriminating yourself. Further, your attorney can evaluate the evidence to help you determine what your best defense might be. The key in criminal defense is to show that a reasonable doubt exists that the party committed a crime. The fact that numerous people were so affected could potentially be helpful in showing that a third party was deceiving you and that you were not acting to defraud the other party. Your attorney will evaluate the evidence to help you field a defense if you are charged.
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Edited by T-USA on 7/1/2010 at 7:53 AM EST