Friend of mine needed help. I offered help to him on specific conditions which I would consider a contract
albeit a verbal one. He accepted the terms very clearly. I would provide him with airfare, assist him in obtaining clothing, glasses, etc. to seek out a job and get back on his feet. In exchange he had to obtain and keep a job, get into counseling, start budgeting, set up a payment plan with the court system to pay off his 2 year old delinquent fines from the second of two DUI's, start a budget and begin to pay off his other debts and establish himself with some independence. This was a 6 month commitment. After 6 weeks and me spending nearly 3000.00 in airline tickets, clothing, room, board, etc, he went back on an "emergency" and was to return within 30 days.
Not only did he not return within 30 days but I later learned that while he was living with me he was spreading (he admitted to it), malicious and patently false rumors about me (to make himself look like a victim), to people back where he came from. This resulted in me receiving abusive phone calls and threats at work as well as a host of nasty emails, and other communications. He initially had told me that these rumors were being spread by other people from where he used to live. That turned out to be untrue. In the process of him needing to go back for his "emergency" I had also loaned him some items, camera, watch, bluetooth, phone, that he has refused to return although I have made attempts for the past 5 months to get these items back going as far as sending him a box. He also stole items from my home when he left on his "emergency". Now that he has gotten what he was looking for financially he has decided he is not returning and remaining where he started. Do I have no recourse in small claims
court against him. He clearly violated the terms of our very clearly understood agreement. I feel that I should be entitled to be reimbursed for any money that I spent on him that I can provide a receipt for, i.e. airfare, glasses, clothing, etc. In addition if I do go to small claims court do I need to itemize each item I'm seeking restitution
for in the initial complaint or just give a figure and general explanation. Do I pursue defamation
as well, knowing it's hard to prove. It turns out his "fiance" told me that he came out to where I was living to "take me for all he could". It also became known that when he agreed to the 6 months he told people as he was leaving, after this agreement was made that he would be back within 3 weeks.