,What you received is a Demand Letter to pay damages. Ignore it altogether as such letters are not legally enforceable until the merchant' law office or assigned collection agency files a civil suit with every legal requirement (complaint, appearance, proper summons, return of the summons, court hearing, signed court judgment, motion to discover assets, etc.).
I doubt the merchant would really pursue that. Therefore, rest easy, it is a scare tactics to intimidate you in paying the demanded amount.
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This is not really an immigration quesiton, unless I missed a hidden immigration aspect of it.
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Itis not a fake because. A New York law allows a retailer to seek a civil demand of 5 times the value of the goods allegedly stolen up to $500. This is seperate from any criminal case. However, I advise my clients not to pay this civil demand because I have never seen a store sue to collect as it is not worth their time and money. I write letters to the store or their attorneys for my clients directing the store or its lawyers not to communicate with my client and to only deal with me. This stops the store or its lawyers from contacting my clients any further. Ignoring the civil demand letters will not effect your immigration status.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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