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  1. #1
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    Mar 2010

    Question How to Collect Money Owed To Me By an Inmate

    My question involves small claims court in the state of: Hawaii

    Sold my vehicle to an acquaintance (last minute before moving off island) in the summer of 2008. We both signed a contract and had it notarized. He paid me about half but claimed to have money problems for a while now. I returned to the island but I didn't have his address (or time to figure it out) to serve him with court papers.

    When I tried to contact him/track him down again recently I found out he had just gotten thrown in jail and the vehicle had been towed for illegal tags. I would have tried to have him sign the car back over to me but to get it out would have cost more than it was worth. I'm assuming there's nothing I can do at this point, but as a last resort I thought I'd double check and ask...

    Is there any way I could still try to get payment for the remaining balance of the vehicle?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: How to Sue an Inmate for Money Owed from Car Sale

    You can sue him while he's in jail. The Sheriff's Department will typically facilitate service for an inmate in its custody.

    I have no idea if he has, or will ever have, the money with which to pay you, but you can get a judgment.

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