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Aloha back and I hope things are well in the Pacific. No, you shouldn't be liable for them but the credit card companies may require you to sign an "Affidavit of Fraud" so they can prosecute him for the money they will lose.
You probably want to send them a letter or better yet have a local lawyer send them a letter stating that permission to use the cards was not given and that the merchants obviously failed to check ID and that you aren't responsible for the charges.
You don't have to turn him in but for the credit card companies to excuse you paying they usually require an affidavit stating that you didn't use them or authorize them to be used and they then use the affidavit to try and prosecute.
There is really no need to hire a lawyer other than to send the letters for you. The companies take it more seriously when it comes on a lawyer's letterhead.
Yes, unfortunately so.
There is really no way to escape the obligation without placing him in jeopardy.
Your lawyer may be able to duck and dodge around saying what you think happened but if you have already told them that he did it then it is probably too late to avoid paying AND keep him out of it.
Are you still there?