Are you concerned about business theft or fraud involving a partner, member in an LLC, shareholder or financial officer in your San Diego company? Business fraud involves false material statements or knowingly providing incorrect information which is relied upon you in the course of running your company and making decisions. This can involve purposeful untruths or an intentional omission as well as an element of deception.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Business Theft or Fraud
There are many business disputes between partners or members in an LLC, investors, shareholders or owners in a San Diego small business or closely-held corporation. When you become concerned about a business partner stealing money or commingling personal and business funds and/or assets these are substantial red flags which require immediate attention from an experienced business attorney. The loss of trust between business owners puts many wheels in motion which can and ultimately might destroy your business. It can even expose you to financial, if not legal risk as well.
If you have concerns about how money or income is being handled you should trust your hunch and take prudent, well considered action. This does not mean a knee-jerk confrontation, it means contacting the experienced business dispute attorneys at the Watkins Firm or calling today for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.
Why You Shouldn’t Confront a Partner Who is Commingling or Committing Business Theft or Fraud?
Why shouldn’t you just confront them about their business theft or fraud and/or commingling? The first reason might be you don’t have enough facts to prove wrongdoing on the part of your business partner. If your fellow owner is commingling personal funds with the business and then taking money out of the business to pay that back it is an immediate red flag. Commingling of assets is the fastest way to destroy the protections of the corporate veil provided by your LLC or corporation. This will open you up personally to any liabilities, debts or lawsuits that arise against your company.
The second reason you shouldn’t confront them is it puts them on guard and your partner is likely to stop the very behavior we are trying to document, at least for a little while till they perceive the “heat” is off. We can help you to set up controls and to capture documentation that will prove what is or isn’t happening. Perhaps the other partner simply needs a bit of education about the risks of commingling and the proper way to handle expense reimbursement and owner capital accounts.
A Plan to Document the Situation and Resolve It
If theft is occurring, you shouldn’t have to be the one to confront them. Commingling may simply require education and guidance from an outside legal source. If they are in fact stealing or attempting to use fraud to deceive you or manipulate money or control you will want all of the leverage possible to negotiate the most advantageous solution.
You will need a plan to document the situation, obtain evidence and ultimately to resolve it. Our legal team will help you to organize the facts and we will confront your business partner or associate on your behalf. Theft and fraud are criminal offenses and usually in these situations we negotiate a swift reimbursement and an even faster exit from the company.
If you are concerned about business theft or fraud or the commingling of a business partner a business partner we invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today. Each situation is unique, and we can provide sound counsel on the best options to document what is happening and resolve the questions in your mind. Protect your company as well as your business and personal investments and interests.