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Well I have a small business and I believe...

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4 Aug 2021

Well I have a small business and I believe some information was stolen and they committed fraud with a checking account number of a client. What should I do? It’s been reported by a client and is under investigation.
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Washington state
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: well I have all info to my client to give to the investigator and now waiting to hear from investigator. This all came to light today.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: It’s a friend that did this. I don’t know how he got access but he said he did not do it and called his loan services and he asked how did they make this payment.. he did not authorize it but the victim is a client of mine.
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4 Aug 2021

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Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Jean C
Jean C
Hi my name is ***** ***** I'm the attorney who will be assisting you. Obviously you have a right to file a criminal complaint with the place. You would also have a right to sue your friend in small claims court for the cost of the fraud. If you don't wish to do either of these things since it is a friend you can get him to agree preferably in writing to repay the money as soon as possible so that the victim does not press charges or file a lawsuit.
4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
Well I am the business owner and I'm in real estate and my clients are getting charges reversed. My friend said he did not do it and well he will call the police in the morning to clear this up. The problem is if he stole the check number from my computer file. As a business owner what am I to do.
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Jean C
Jean C
I think it only makes sense that you should fire this friend immediately from your employment. There are obviously some very strong trust issues. If you don't feel comfortable doing that then politely ease him out as soon as possible. If he does not understand it's his problem. Anyone who creates trust issues for not only you but your customers is a danger to you your reputation and The Business.
4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
He is not an employee he is just a friend. I have my client his contact info and address as well. I just want to know what am I suppose to do or wait till they find if he did it then notify clients of a breach. I think only one client got affected.
4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
I just want to know what I am suppose to do as a business owner of just me and no employees. I'm in real estate as a agent.
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Jean C
Jean C
If he's a friend and he's not your employee and you're pretty sure he did it wait until they tell you they can't find it and then let the customer file for a breach but make sure you stand behind them as far as providing any information they need. You don't want to stand behind your friend if it turns out that they are behaving dishonestly.
4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
Ok that sounds great then. I will just wait then.
4 Aug 2021
Lawyer's response
4 Aug 2021
Jean C
Jean C
Seems like the best course of action. If you have no further questions, please accept my answer. I would appreciate a 5-star rating if you think I deserve it. Thanks.
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Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
Ok most definitely
4 Aug 2021
Customer reply
4 Aug 2021
You were great
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