My step-father used my social security to open a company. What is his financial obligation to me?

I am being paid as an employee and have recently discovered that my credit is messed up.

Asked on May 31, 2009 under Business Law, California


M.H., Member, California Bar / M.H., Member, California Bar

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Did he do so without your consent?  If so, he may have committed identity theft in which case he would face potential criminal and civil liability.  If, however, he did so with your consent, you will have  a difficult time establishing that the injury to your credit was incurred without your knowledge.  If you gave him your social security identification knowing that he intended to use it for an inappropriate purpose (say, to shield his identity, or to use your number and his name) you could be implicated in its misuse.  An illegal agreement will never be enforced by the courts so the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you could be accused of, or charged with, a crime for the conduct at issue.

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