Downloading MP3s, using FB, and browsing the web are not the same as logging into the company payroll site during the same 10 minute time frame during which an unauthorized file was downloaded to the exact same computer you were using. By your own account of the facts, it seems as if you may be needing a criminal defense lawyer. I sure hope not, and I think it's good news that they didn't fire you. They're probably just angry and are trying to scare you. But I suggest you consult a Seattle employment attorney to plan a course of action that will do you the most good. Good luck.
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