My son had borrowed some money from an inmate while he was in prison in 2007. He has been paying it ever since when ever he get money. He had gone back in 2010 to a different prison where he met the guy again. He asked me to pay $500 for him in order for him not to get beaten up.
I did and thought it was all paid up but my son said he kept on sending all his allowance, money from his plasma sales, even resorted to pawning my stuff and his lap top to get them off his back! He lies to me as to where the money goes to keep on paying his debt. He said that he has $2000 more to pay. The debt seems to double up every so often. There is no written agreement or loan
amount that I can rely on. No receipts on how much he paid!
My son has mental health issue and people tend to take advantage of his weakness. I thought that he must be loosing his money gambling but he says that he does not gamble at all. He does not drink, smoke, or use recreational drugs, he does take psychiatric medication though which he does not have to pay for.
As the money supplier, I am also harsh on him, trying to find out where all the money goes. I am afraid that he might really get depressed and some how harm himself to get out of all the mess.
What must we do to satisfy these loaners and get them off my son's back? Will paying the $2000 with a condition not to bother him again and getting a formal signed receipt be a possibility? Since we are dealing with inmates I have my doubt.
I will appreciate any suggestion before I drive my son to suicide. It is hard to live with some one who pawns one's stuff behind one's back.