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Can I get in trouble if I bought an item that I didn’t know was stolen?

Came up on a ad on Craigslist for a new iphone. Had my neighbor take a look at it, he works at a major phone distributor, he told me it was legit. Someone used the locate my phone application and contacted me, claiming that I had their phone. I did not know it was stolen.

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    James A Schoenberger | Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    1008 Yakima Ave Ste 201
    Tacoma, WA 98405
    (253) 444-3111
    You won't get in trouble but you will likely lose the phone and what you paid for it.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/5/2013
    Craig Andersen | Andersen Law PLLC
    10000 NE 7th Ave Suite 330B
    Vancouver, WA 98685
    (360) 397-0111
    The answer to your question is highly fact-specific. The standard is whether you knew or should have known it was stolen. Evidence tending to prove this would be if the price of the phone was far below market value. Another fact might be if the person selling it acted suspiciously or wanted to go through a third party. The fact that you had your friend check on the status of the phone tends to prove you were diligent in checking if it was stolen. That may negate evidence that tends to show knowledge of guilt or reason to suspect the phone was stolen. The other thing that occurs to me is the person claiming the phone is hers or his may be running a scam with the seller. However, if the person claiming to own the phone can provide you with proof it is his or hers, give it back and hope he or she is satisfied.
    Answer Applies to: Washington - Replied: 4/5/2013
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