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Good evening. What was the agreement with Joe? You shared that you have him $18,000 worth of jewelry but what was the settlement and what did he owe you?
Great to hear back from you. Yes, if money is owed, you can file suit. It is a civil matter and even though there was nothing in writing, there was a verbal agreement. It would be your word against theirs if they contest it but you can also introduce any evidence which you may have to show and support the money owed. Now, as far as the threats, that is a criminal matter. The tapes can be turned over to the police and a statement can be made by your son and the police can investigate if you want. Often times, if criminal charges are brought, this person may be willing to pay what is owed.
If he lives in NJ and the threats were made there, you can start in NJ and contact the police in the county/city where he resides.