I was questioned by a US postal inspection officer over 2 years ago regarding potential Mail fraud over some business transactions that i made via ebay and paypal. This inspector initially threatened to arrest both myself and my wife, whose name the accounts were in, i explained to the agent that I was solely responsible for the business endeavors and that my business had taken a turn for the worse and that i fully intended on refunding all clients any monies that they had paid for items and not recieved. The agent told me that he would get back with me to see if i had followed through. I began to refund clients but due to the failing business was unable to return all monies to all the parties. Ebay and Paypal covered all of the remaining clients with their buyer protection program thus transferring the debt to themselves and making me responsible to them for payment of the debt, the total debt was around 5 thousand dollars. During that period of time give or take a month my wife's grandmother became ill in her country and we had to fly there which we did. Upon arrival or shortly after arrival in my wife's country we discovered that she was pregnant and was diagnosed with thrombosis and ordered by her doctor not to travel as any travel via airplane could result in the death or either her or the child she was carrying. My finances were already strained to the breaking point and with the business failing i had to stay with my wife to support her in a strange country to me as she could not work. That was 2 years ago, in that time the Agent came back to my home in USA and asked my mother for my whereabouts, she told him i was abroad, upon finding out that he returned some two months after i had left i contacted lawyer for advice, keep in mind that i did not hire this lawyer nor provide him with any authorizations on my behalf to act on my behalf and no monies where paid him for any services nor any retainer entered into. This lawyer began to advice me and arranged without my prior approval for a meeting with the agent, one that i could not possibly attend as i did not have the finances to afford a flight home, i explained this to the lawyer and told him that he needed to cancel it and that i did not agree to this as i could not possibly be there, he did not cancel the meeting instead saying that it would be fine and informative for me and him to see where we stood, again i did not hire him nor pay him or authorize him in any way to act on my behalf. He met with the agent and then told me that the agent was no longer concerned with the individuals but instead was looking at whether or not i had paid back either ebay or paypal, thus pursuing the paypal as a financial institution angle which as i was told would carry far harsher punishments should and findings or evidence of mail fraud be found. I am dumbfounded, my father died last week, the entire family has pooled together to get me and my two children and wife back home for the funeral and the nagging question remains in my mind, what further action did the agent take if any? Did he obtain a warrant for my arrest? Will I or my wife be arrested upon entering the USA? I am really broken right now with everything that has happened and understand that i needed to pay the monies back to ebay and paypal but simply did not have it to pay, at no time did i ever intend to commit any crime nor take anyone's money, my business completely crumpled as a result of the untimely business issues that caused me to be unable to fulfill my obligations in the first place, nor did i gain anything from this alleged act or acts. The total amount is in the area of just over 5000 usd. I really need to know and understand what course of action i should take and what i am facing, this agent continued after me because i have a criminal record, i was convicted of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine when i was 19 years old and sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison of which i served 13 years, i am guessing he felt that the criminal history would add up if he had a solid case. Please help me see straight, I want to make sure the debt is paid of course, and of course i do not wish to cause problems or return to jail but am ready to face the music just unsure how to do so with my limited finances and feel that the deck is stacked against me and my family.
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