If I used my fiancés SSN to obtain a credit card and used it to make purchases under $500 but paid it off, can she still press charges against me?

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If I used my fiancés SSN to obtain a credit card and used it to make purchases under $500 but paid it off, can she still press charges against me?

She told the credit card company that it was me, the company investigated and then they sent a letter stating it was her responsibility to pay it. However, I paid it off but now she is continually threatening to press charges with the police. Can she still do this?

Asked on April 14, 2015 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, charges can be pressed. What you did was a crime: it was one or more of identity theft, fraud, and/or theft by deceptiion. The fact that you paid the amount off does not mean that the crime did not happen, and so charges may be pressed. Paying it off will, however, help you get leniency if charges are pressed, however.


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