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<<Again, you cannot unilaterally void a contract or do an offset. Not unless the CONTRACT says you can. You may FEEL you should be able to do so, but you cannot usually. >>


If it were just a contract dispute, I would agree with you Ginko.


But the defense is that the person committed a tort and a crime against the victim. That makes it no longer a contracts case if the theft can be proved. And the victim isn't limited to the awards that might be made in a contract case, but might collect punitive damages to punish the tort and crime.


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