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Thank you for the information and your question. I am not sure what you mean by "he knows them all," are you saying that the DA has declined to investigate the case? Did you file a police report for the equipment you say he has that is yours? Did you send him a certified demand letter for return of your equipment and the money you say he owes you? I assume that you haven't reported the alleged fraud to the unemployment commission yet, correct?
Alright, thank you. Can you address my other questions as well please.
Thank you, ***** ***** am not sure what you mean by signing a statement next week. However, I can tell you that you cannot force the DA to prosecute this person if the DA, in their discretion (which they have) decide that they do not have a case that they feel they can successfully prosecute, or want to prosecute. It honestly does appear to be a civil issue more than a criminal issue (other than the unemployment issue, which the State will handle under a different umbrella).
Probably the easiest and most effective way to handle this is to sue him in small claims court for the money you loaned him and the value of the equipment that he has. The court could encourage him to return the equipment instead of awarding a dollar amount, but in the end, the court (small claims) can't make him return the equipment, but can make him pay. This would be either a conversion or fraud in the inducement case and they are generally handled in civil court. So, again, small claims court is really your only viable option since the DA isn't interested in taking the case. That might not be the result you are hoping for, but it is the law and you do still have your own civil remedy.
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Would you like to consider talking by phone so that all of your questions and concerns are answered? I absolutely understand your frustration.