Caught shoplifting, not prosecuted but charged a civil demand for $425.

My sister was caught shoplifting at a local JcPenney's they decided since it was a first offense not to prosecute her. She stole $38 dollars worth of merchandise but it was obtained by lost prevention immediately. What I'm wondering is if she should pay it for fear that they may sue or just ignore it? Our parents don't know and if avoidable she'd prefer to just get it over with.

Reston, VA -

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Gary P. Bartosiewicz

Gary P. Bartosiewicz

Insurance Law Lawyer - Kalamazoo, MI
Answered

This isn't really an insurance question.

Have a lawyer look at the "civil demand", as it sounds like your sister was sued. Never ignore a lawsuit, or you'll lose just by doing nothing.

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