Can I press charges on my ex-wife for opening a line of credit in my name without my permission?

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Can I press charges on my ex-wife for opening a line of credit in my name without my permission?

Asked on May 7, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you and she were divorced at the time she did this, then you should be able to press charges (and also sue her for any losses you have incurred). Opening up a line of credit in another person's name without legal authority (e.g. a power of attorney) to do so is a criminal act: depending on the exact circumstances, it can be identity theft, fraud, conversion, or any of a number of "theft related" crimes, which are also tortious acts (or grounds to sue).


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