Mexican Law/theft



I am a U.S. citizen who lived and worked in Mexico for almost 2 years legally. I recently moved back to the states.  I was having problems with my roommate.  Now I have found out that she is accusing me of stealing her computer and some other things.  I guess she even posted it on facebook!  But since I didn't do anything, I just ignored it.

Then I received a text from her saying that she filed a police report that I stole it - the neighbor upstairs/her friend is a witness supposedly.  And she supposedly gave all passport info to immigration - I held a FM3 visas. She is accusing me of taking it or taking it to a pawn shop. I don't have her things and I did not take them to a pawn shop.

But I am nervous.  What will happen if I choose to go back to Mexico?  How do I handle this?  Is there a statute of limitations?  It was in Quintana Roo.  Thank you.

Dear Rose,

I wouldn't worry about it. I am quite sure that the Mexican Immigration will take no action and I doubt that your roommate actually filed a police report. But even if she did, as you are not available to be questioned, the "investigation" would go no where.


Lic. John Lee Ward
Córdoba, Veracruz

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Licenciatura en Derecho from the Universidad del Golfo en Cordoba, Veracruz. (Cedula Profesional No. 5713238) Maestria en Derecho from the Universidad de Cristobal Colon en Veracruz, Veracruz. (Cedula Professional No. 6358321) Currently a Candidate for a Doctorado en Derecho from the Universidad de Cristobal Colon. 5 years of litigation experience in Mexico.

Bachelors in Electronic Engineering, California Polytechnic State Univ. Juris Doctor, Concord University in Los Angeles Licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad del Golfo, Mexico Maestria en Derecho, Universidad de Cristobal Colon, Mexico Doctorado en Derecho (In Progress), Universidad de Cristobal Colon, Mexico

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