DEAR ABBY: I received a small settlement because of an injury. My stepdaughter, who works as a teller at my bank, asked if she could borrow $300. I agreed. She took $400 instead and promised to pay me back out of her income tax refund.
Over the next several months, without my consent, she transferred $2,000 from my account to hers. She always had an excuse and promised to repay me.
After a year and a half, I told her if she didn't arrange to pay me back, I would have to take her to court. She and her husband stopped talking to my husband and me, so I filed a claim.
To my amazement, I was invited to present my case on television in a courtroom show.
Well, my husband refuses to go with me. He agrees that I am right, but he will not publicly take my side against his own daughter.
Abby, I need his support. He's the only witness I have. I didn't want things to turn out this way, but they did. What do you think? -- FOOL FOR FAMILY
DEAR FOOL FOR FAMILY: What happened to you was criminal, and frankly, it should have been reported to the police in the first place. Your husband's daughter is an embezzler, and she certainly shouldn't be working in a bank. Now it's time to get a lawyer involved.
Since your husband appears to be camera-shy, ask your lawyer if there's a judge who will hear the case without a camera present. If your husband still refuses to support you, call your local district attorney's office and ask if you can get a victim's advocate to go with you. You have my sympathy.