I have a sub-contractor that has worked for me for about 3 years, he is a sub-contractor for the roofing company i co-own. On the last job he completed I issued him a $1700 check, since we were choosing not to use him again, I issued it on the promise that he would return our trailer he uses the next day, pictures from the last job, and he needed to fill out his new w-9 for 2009.
The next day when he brought the trailer it had been damaged, all the wiring had been pulled, the cost to fix was estimated at $840. He also filled out the paper work with a different ssn than he had used in 2008. And didn't bring any pictures of the last job.
At this point I met with the other owner and we decided to issue a stop payment on his check.
We got a cashiers check subtracting the amount for trailer damages, the loss we would take for no pictures, and had it put in the name he had given us last year. So the cashiers check was in the amount of $700.
I called him yesterday and he advised me that he wouldn't take any money as he was going to get a lawyer.
Can we get into legal trouble for this? I can't see why as he has damaged the trailer, used two different names and ssn's.