Thank you for your question. How long ago did this occur?
A civil cause of action may be barred by a statute of limitations. Regardless of the cause of action, the statute of limitations for a civil case will almost never be less than two years. If the events in question occurred more than two years ago, we would likely want to discuss with greater particularity what happened and when.
That said, there would certainly be a civil cause for recovery based on losing money due to bad checks and stolen goods. Possible civil causes of actions could include fraud and breach of contract.
However, against an individual, the lawsuit would generally have to be brought against the defendant in the state where the event (the cause of action) occurred. It is generally not possible for the plaintiff to move out of state and sue the defendant in the state to which the plaintiff moved. Imagine someone suing you in Alaska when you have never set foot in Alaska--you may be factually innocent, but you would have to defend yourself in a distant forum with which you have no contact. If a cause of action arises in Nevada, the civil lawsuit would generally have to be pursued in Nevada.
Naturally, the nuances of ever case are different, so this information should not be construed as complete or advice without consulting in person with counsel. I am glad to clarify any of these answers if additional information is needed. Let me know if I may be of further assistance. Thanks.
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