If a friend owes me $1,700 that I let them borrow until they received their taxes, what can I do now they received there taxes but aren't going to pay me?

Question Details: This friend owes back child support, and money to an accident that was his fault, which he claims to have used the tax money for both paying off child support, and the accident to stay out of jail. Is there a way to find out if what he is telling me is the truth? Also, is it worth taking him to small claims court for that amount owed?

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