Legal Question in Credit and Debt Law in Illinois

My wife wrote my chase credit card promotional check that she got in the mail to herself in the amount of $2500. She signed my name and deposited the check in her chase prepaid checking account. I was not aware until after she had withdrew the $2500 from her chase bank account. We both live together in Chicago IL. Am I responsible for paying back this amount she collected fraudulently from my chase credit card and should I do legally to to prevent the bank from maaking me responsible for this bill?

Asked on 5/13/13, 10:17 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Thomas Moens Moens Law Offices, Chartered

Hmm, this seems familiar:

I would suggest thinking through this carefully. If you plan to pursue this, you will essentially be throwing your wife under the bus. In order for you to argue that you are not responsible for the charges, you will need to claim that your wife committed a crime. This may subject her to criminal prosecution. And I can assure you, it will cost far more than $700 to defend her. So unless you plan to change the beginning of your question to, "My convicted criminal and soon to be ex-wife . . . ." the two of you will need to figure out how to pay this and have a discussion on how to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Answered on 5/14/13, 5:44 am

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