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Can you tell me exactly when you were given the money and also what state you were in?
Also had you made any payments to him?
Did he sue or not?Were you given documents?
You have to call the magistrates court and check with them. If he has sued and there is a judgement against you then you have lost the case and this is on your credit record as a bad debt.
If he has just filed then you have to defend it and cross claim for what you have given him and its value.
Call the court and check ASAP.
He is not out of time as there is a 6 year time limit to sue and that runs out on March 2017
You have to make an application to set aside the order and file a defence.
You have to get a copy of the application from the court and then proceed from there
Here is some information and look at the third heading
You have to get details of the application from the court or the solicitor and then proceed.
I suggest you use a solicitor as $16,000.00 is not a small amount and they can prepare an appropriate defence and possible cross claim.
I hope this makes sense and is of assistance.
Contact the Community legal centre.
they should be able to guide you
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