Don't pay it. Civil demands are rarely enforced or pursued. They will send a 2nd letter and when you ignore that, they stop.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.
We're you ever arrested for this? Did you have to go to court? We're you ordered by a judge to pay restitution? If yes then speak to your attorney that handled the criminal case about this. If not and thisis a civil demand letter from Walmart I generally advise clients to ignore these civil demand letters. You don't owe them anything. In order for you to owe them something they would have to sue you, prove damages (which they most likely couldn't do), and win. Even if they could win, the cost of pursuing this is substantially greater than any amount they can possibly recover so they usually don't. They send out these letters because it doesn't cost much and they are hoping that you don't know better and simply send them the money. Nothing will happen to you if you don't pay it.
How is it that you came into the agreement to make payments to Walmart? If it was through criminal court (probation or conditional discharge) then it your situation is a little more tricky. If it's some type of civil demand or agreement that you made with Walmart, then just don't pay it; let them sue you (you can't go to jail for that).