You can ignore the letter although the statement you signed will get you on the National Retailers Theft Database where it will stay for 7 years. It's unclear who exactly uses this database but Walmart Does and other large chains are likely to. If you apply for a retail job that checks the database you won't get it.
Your question includes at least four separate questions. You should consult with an attorney regarding all four issues presented. Theft offenses can cause all manner of problems for you down the road if not handled properly.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
Before you make a payment you should consult with an attorney in private.
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Under General Obligations Law 11-105, they can only make a civil demand for up to five times the value of the property or in this case $210 NOT $250. While no attorney can guarantee they won't sue, it is unlikely that they will for such a small amount. Theft databases are privately owned and operated so there is no way to say with certainty if you are on it or not. I have only heard of instances where it prevented people from getting jobs working in retail companies.
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