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What is the statute of limitations for check fraud in California, 4 checks total 5000.00 How many years can someone bring charges after the fraud is discovered?
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  2. "How many years can someone bring charges after the fraud is discovered?" For the matter that you have described, the statute of limitations is three years from the incident, pursuant to California Penal Code §§799 et seq. However, the limitations period is tolled during times the crime was not discovered or reasonably should have been discovered. In other words, if the fraud was discovered in May 2008, the case could be pursued in May 2011 until the day after the three-year anniversary of the discovery. However, keep in mind that as a private citizen she is unable to actually prosecute the matter. She can file a police report, but any decision as to whether or not to prosecute rests solely within the discretion of the prosecutor.
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She committed check fraud on me in april 04 discovered in 1-2 months, no charges filed, Accused me of domestic violance twice, both times I was arrested and case dismissed. Once the paper printed the next week that I was the victum. Will a prosecuter investigate the credibility of a plaintif before deciding to prosecute?

If she presses charges I will know it because an investigator will contact me Correct?

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  1. "Will a prosecuter investigate the credibility of a plaintif before deciding to prosecute?" Yes. The prosecutor has a duty to press charges but also has to weigh that with practical considerations such as the available evidence and the amount of time that has elapsed. Credibility of the complainant, as you mentioned, is certainly relevant as well.
  2. "If she presses charges I will know it because an investigator will contact me Correct?" Yes. You would either be contacted by an investigator or arrested by the police. While I can make no guarantees, given the nature of the incident and the amount of time that has elapsed, I would expect to see the former (contact) rather than the latter (arrest).

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