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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Based upon the facts which you stated above, there are both civil and criminally issues here. If you loaned her the money and she failed to pay you back, you could file a civil lawsuit against her for the damages suffered. As far as the criminal aspect, the loan was obtained based upon fraud and deceit and she also stole a check from her mother and wrote it to you, passing it off as though there are sufficient funds in the account. If her mother is willing to cooperate, she can contact the police, file a report and likely have her daughter charged. If she does not want to do this, then you could also go to the police and file a report, explaining that the check was stolen, she tried to pass it over as it was her mothers and that there were insufficient funds. In an ideal situation, the police would charge her and the State would prosecute. For something like this, the State would represent your legal interest and try and have her pay restitution
, to make you whole. If they will not get involved, then you would need to file a civil lawsuit against her and obtain a judgment. The fact that she is addicted to drugs is not a legal defense but may be a mitigating fact when her sentence would be imposed by the court.
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