Hello, Different contributor here. Please permit me to assist. If there are multiple claimants who have been duped into loaning (or,gifting) money, then that's a common law fraud, and you can all sue the defendant, based upon your corroborating testimony
, that you were induced to part with your money based upon a false statement of fact. King v. Oxford, 282 S.C. 307, 311, 318 S.E.2d 125, 127 (Ct. App. 1984). Practically the same elements are required to prove the crime of "false pretenses." The SC supreme court has defined this offense as requiring a fraudulent representation
of a past or existing fact by one who knows of its falsity, in order to induce the person to whom it is made to part with something valuable. See State v. Love, 275 S.C. 55, 62, 271 S.E.2d 110, 113-14 (1980) (quoting State v. Haines, 23 S.C. 170). So, your recourse is to complain to the police/sheriff, or to sue the defendant in civil court. Note that prove of intentional misrepresentation (fraud) is sufficient to survive a bankruptcy filing. So, you can hang a judgment of fraud around a defendant's neck for their entire life. Whether or not you can actually collect from the defendant is unknown. But, if you decide to do nothing, you'll never know whether or not you could have recovered your money. Note: I regret the delay in your receiving an answer. I didn't start working until just now, and I answered your question as soon as it poppted on to my computer screen. I hope I've answered your question. Please let me know if you require further clarification. And, please provide a positive feedback rating for my answer -- otherwise, I receive nothing for my efforts in your behalf.Thanks again for using Justanswer!