Sibling squabbles may seem like common occurrences within families worldwide. However, generally love wins out in the end. But, there are instances where family disputes take an unexpected turn.
A Generous Award
Megan was recently awarded a grant of $3500, and she was waiting to receive the check.
When she finally followed up with her college’s financial department, she discovered that the check was sent out, and it was even cashed by a bank back in April without her knowledge.
At this point, Megan knew something fishy was going on. After some time, she realized that her very own sister had stolen the check, had recorded her social security number, and forged her signature.
Lying to the Bank
Astonishingly, her sister had convinced the banker that Megan had granted her permission to cash the check, and the check was processed with no notification of any kind to her.
Past Trouble With the Law
Adding fuel to the fire, her sister was recently arrested and was on thin ice with the law.
Potential Prison Consequence
If Megan pursues charges against her, her sister may very well go to prison.
A Federal Crime
In the US, cashing a check without the knowledge of the intended recipient is called uttering a forged instrument, grand theft, or bank fraud. It is against the law in all 50 states and carries a prison term!
Megan’s grandmother and mother think that the dispute should be resolved within the family and that if she were to charge her sister, it would only escalate the situation, and she would go to prison.
Her grandma had also been a victim, mysteriously losing money from her coat pocket after withdrawing it from the bank
Sister’s Location Raises Suspicion
Her sister (the thief) lives with their grandmother’s house, so who else could it be?
Is the OP Justified?
One Redditor commented on the post saying that Megan should really just get the money back from her sister and let bygones be bygones.
Warning Against Grudge
They said, “Prison changes people, and you don’t want a fellow with a grudge out in 10 to 20 years hunting you down”.
Lessons to Be Learned
Another Redditor said, “She has to learn about the implications of her actions, which could benefit her in the long run.”
Be Cautious in Future
It is important for the sister to understand the gravity of her actions to ensure these crimes are not repeated in the future.
Anger From Bank Tellers
Many users, some of who even stated that they currently work at a bank, said that the fault is entirely the banks.
Signature and SSN Not Accepted Endorsements
“I worked at a bank, and if true, it is definitely a huge mistake from the teller. A signature and SSN are not accepted endorsements.”
People Still Use Checks?
Other Redditors dismissed the use of checks altogether and thought they were outdated and insecure.
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