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    Default Business Partner Forged My Signature on a Credit Card Application

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California

    Hey all! My business partner forged my signature to apply for a business credit card in 2017 without my knowledge. Recently, due to a change of address for the credit card, I was just notified by the bank and I found out that I was a personal guarantor for the card. What should I do now? I already reported it to the bank, but where can I report it to a law enforcement agency? If I directly go to a police station, will the case be ignored? I'd prefer to find out a specific prosecutor for the issue. My business partner has a DRE license. Thank you all very much!

    (Sorry for any late responses - I'm just transcribing for my mum, who isn't very good at English. Thanks again!)

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    Default Re: Business Partner Forged My Signature on a Credit Card Application

    Prosecutors rarely deal directly with the public. Go to the police station and file a report. It will go to the proper channels but there is no guarantee that anybody will prosecute.

    This is likely to be treated as a civil matter between you and your partner.

    Cancelling the card is step one.

    If there is a balance making sure your partner pays it is step two. This may require a lawsuit.

    Step three is dissolve the partnership. You don't want to be working with a crook.

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    Default Re: Business Partner Forged My Signature on a Credit Card Application

    Quote Quoting throwaway13567
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    My business partner forged my signature to apply for a business credit card in 2017 without my knowledge.
    Is this person still your partner? Is the business actually a partnership or are you using the term "partner" colloquially?


    Quote Quoting throwaway13567
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    What should I do now?
    If I were you, the very first thing I'd do would be to discuss it with your partner. You said you already reported it to the bank. If you report it to the police, that obviously may have a negative impact on your business.


    Quote Quoting throwaway13567
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    where can I report it to a law enforcement agency?
    Ummm...at the police station (hard to believe you didn't know this).


    Quote Quoting throwaway13567
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    If I directly go to a police station, will the case be ignored?
    Unlikely, but no one here has the ability to predict intelligently how some unknown cops will react to particular stimulus.


    Quote Quoting throwaway13567
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    I'd prefer to find out a specific prosecutor for the issue.
    As in you have a particular person in mind? You're obviously free to contact the district attorney's office in the county where this happened, but the folks there are likely to tell you to make a police report.

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