What measures can I take to ensure that I am not arrested due to false accusations of identity theft?

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What measures can I take to ensure that I am not arrested due to false accusations of identity theft?

In 2007, my grandmother co-signed with me for a $16,000 on-line student loan. I have the paperwork where she and I both signed. The loan is now in default because I can’t make payments. She is sending word through other people that I forged her name and that she never signed any papers. She said I was going to go to jail. This loan company has talked with her many times on the phone before and she gets statements at her home. I think that she is trying to get out of the loan by lying that I forged her name. What measures can I take to ensure that I do not get falsely arrested for this?

Asked on January 28, 2011 under Criminal Law, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The first thing that you need to do is to gather all relevant papers and go speak to a criminal law attorney directly.  Don't wait. Identity theft is a crime that is taken quite seriously.  Experienced legal counsel can best advise you as to your rights in this situation.  Even though this was an on-line loan, hopefully you have something (ie. loan application) that has her original signature on it, or at least a witness to her co-signing the loan on your behalf, etc.

Note:  Until you speak with a lawyer, don't say anything to anyone else at this point.  You could unknowingly incriminate yourself.

 


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