Can I get into trouble if I used my husband’s credit card with his permission?

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Can I get into trouble if I used my husband’s credit card with his permission?

My husband gave me his credit card and told me to go buy a TV, which I did. Now that we are getting a divorce he is saying that I stole it. He says I’m going to prison for forgery. Is this true? Am I in trouble?

Asked on June 12, 2011 under Criminal Law, Arkansas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Ok so obviously this is not an amicable divorce and I am so sorry for you.  Were you an authorized user on the account?  Did you have a card yourself?  Do NOT let him scare you.  It is your word against his.  And you bought something for the two of you (arguably) and for your home.  It is not like you had a spa day - and even if you did and he gave it to you as a gift you can argue that issue - or that you gave the TV to someone else, which would be a form of dissipation of marital assets.  Get a good lawyer dear and stand up tall.  Good luck.


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