I was caught shoplifting at Walmart in Ontario Oregon I got a letter from Michael Aspen PC out of Greenville New York I lost the letter so I was looking it up on my internet to find him and it's a scam okay I talked to my friend and she said that I only had to pay the amount I was attempting to steal all which was less than $50 he sent me a bill for $250 okay when I looked it up on the internet it said not to pay him because all information would come from Walmart out of Arkansas and I know that's where Sam was from because I worked for him years ago. And if I have to pay the $250 can I make payments on it it's demanding payment within 30 days
This is a well known scam. Walmart got their merchandise back so you don't owe Walmart anything. You don't owe this guy anything either because he most likely cannot provide proof that he's working for Walmart. A friend of mine got a letter from this sleaze ball a day after her daughter committed suicide over being accused of shoplifting at an amusement park in CT. The guy should be disbarred. I'm changing the category to criminal defense.
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I strongly recommend you contact a lawyer in your community and set an office conference. Many criminal defense lawyers do not charge for the initial office conference, and the lawyer will be able to tell you whether: (a) payment will prevent criminal charges against you and (b) explain Oregon's law on "civil compromise," which is NOT simply about the value of the merchandise you stole -- it's also about the inconvenience and labor it took to process you for the theft. If you can avoid criminal prosecution by payment -- called civil compromise in this state -- you should have a lawyer help you do it. It can mean keeping a crime of dishonesty off your record. A theft conviction will close many doors to you: employment, housing, travel.
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