My ex-girlfriend stole lots of money (about $150k) from me by identity theft and forgery. Itís extremely important for me to get justice on this, but my experience with the police afterwards has been horrible. I donít want to get too specific in case theyíre reading this, but hereís the summary:
The first detective assigned to the case seems to have had a problem with me personally, and basically did nothing, for a really long time. Wouldnít return phone calls, etc. Trust me, it was bad Ė he just wanted me to go away. After this inactivity caused the statute of limitations for theft to pass, I filed a long complaint. (Which I really didnít want to do, because I figured itíd piss them off and set the other detectives against me.) To my surprise, they then kept him on the case for a good deal of time afterwards, to let him generate some evidence of effort. And his response to the complaint contained major, flat out lies.
They eventually put a new detective on it. At first it seemed like he was actually working on it, but then he started acting the same way. I swear, Iím the only one whoís done any investigation on this: Iíve had to put in lots of time doing their work, seeking out verified writing samples she left with other police and agencies, etc. I donít mind that, but, dammit, I canít get subpoenas for the originals on my own, which the crime lab much prefers over copies. The labís had this for almost a year, and they still donít have originals to work with.
Anyway, now the detective whoís ďworkingĒ the case has been promoted to doing something else. Today he told me heíd still see the case through. But he was evasive about whether heís yet gone after subpoenas, which means no, he hasnít. And with even less motivation, thereís no way heíll do anything more.
I really donít get it. This is not just a good case in my mind. It is a good case, period, with great evidence, if theyíll get off their asses. A pretty easy win, Iíd think. But nobody wants to help. (Iíve talked to the commander, police chief, etc.)
Hereís the bottom line question: What do you do when the police arenít doing their job? The FBI tells me they canít do anything until the locals finish with it, and the postal inspector tells he they only act as support for the local police. So what higher authority is there? What do I do? If I could take my business elsewhere, I would have, a long time ago Ė itís a shame this isnít about fast food.