This crime was committed in the state of NJ. The perpetrator lives in New York. Approximately two years ago, the perp got ahold of my checkbook. I was not living in NJ., living outside the US with a work contract. I discovered a year ago that my checks were forged and fraudulently written out of the account. I contacted an attorney, and because I knew the party who was responsible for the crime, allowed them a chance to refund the money, which was in excess of thirty thousand dollars. They did not. I have since contacted the bank for them to pursue legal action against the perp, but they inform me they will not as more than 60 days have passed. I do not believe that this can be true. Is there somewhere I can check the appropriate NJ law?
Also, life insurance proceeds were stolen, via a forged claim form. Would this be covered under the same statutes?
The bank tells me that I must pursue a civil case against this person. However, I cannot as I am still outside the US and cannot return for some time. Is there any advice anyone can offer? Thank you. Let me know if more details are needed.