If we had 2 money orders stolen and fraudulently cashed by 2 individuals, can we sue the individuals who cashed the money orders and the recipients?

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If we had 2 money orders stolen and fraudulently cashed by 2 individuals, can we sue the individuals who cashed the money orders and the recipients?

2 money orders I used to pay rent were stolen from my property management company and cashed by 2 individuals. 1 of the money orders was accepted as payment by a local lawyer that is representing one of the individuals in court for fraud and theft charges. I contacted this lawyer and he invoked “attorney-client privilege” and told me he would be out of the country for a while. I have filed a police report and provided the detective with copies of the money orders and all of the relevant information. I have verified the identity of the individuals, and their arrest records. What is my recourse?

Asked on November 23, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Nevada

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  May I ask: what is the property management office doing?  If they accepted the payment from you via the money orders - and I am hoping that you got a receipt - then they are the ones that should be prosecuting the thieves and trying to get the money back. If they are not you need to find out what and explain why here.  It appears that you have done what ever you need and really gone beyond.  Your rent is paid.  The management office needs to step up to the plate.   As for the lawyer, I would seek to file a complaint against hi with the local Bar grievance committee.  Good luck to you.


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