This sounds like a scam. Call the police. You have been the victim of a crime.
It is highly unlikely you will get an attorney to take this case because the possibility of collecting is very low. Criminals like this do not have assets to collect against. Therefore, unless you want to pay an attorney by the hour to prosecute a claim, you will not have much of a remedy, unless the police are willing to track this person down and the DA prosecutes. Then, you might get a recovery as part of the criminal restitution process.
Good luck to you.
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This is a classic fake job/fake check scam. Scammers draft purposefully bad checks and then give you a reason to pay some of that money back, often in connection with a "work assignment" of some kind. Your bank doesn't realize the check is bad until after you send money, and then when your bank revokes the funds you are out-of-pocket for the difference.
You can report this fraud to your local police and IC3, a division of the FBI that handles internet-based crime.
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I agree with my colleagues: Regrettably, you are the victim of a scam. You can a small claims action (too little at stake for a litigator to take the case), but your likelihood of recovering anything probably is near zero.
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