If my tenant is accused of forging checks from her workplace to pay for her rent, can her boss sue me to return the “stolen” money?

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If my tenant is accused of forging checks from her workplace to pay for her rent, can her boss sue me to return the “stolen” money?

The tenant claims her boss is lying and she did have an agreement with him to pay through company checks. Her boss is trying to get the money back and says I am in possession of stolen money and I need to return the money. Does he have a case?

Asked on January 6, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the employer can prove that the  money was stolen from him, he can seek its return; a person does not have the right to keep another's stolen property, including stolen money. At some point, it may not be worthwhile for him to take action to seek the money's return--if you don't return it voluntarily, he'd have to take legal action which, depending on how much is at stake, could cost more than the amount in issue--but legally, he would have the right to get stolen money back. (Assuming again, he can prove this.)


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