Boss accused me of mishandling money. He threatened me with jail unless I agreed to pay a set amount within a year. He added it could be more or less if found. If not paid in a year legal action could be taken. He now says I took 10,000.00 more than what I signed. I didn't take any of it but was afraid of jail so my husband told me to sign. I wasn't the only person who handled the money in question.
You are seeking counsel late in the game. Be prepared to keep your ( foolish) agreement and to find another job as it is clear your employer is no longer satisfied.
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I agree with the attorney above. If you didn't do anything wrong, you should never have signed an agreement admitting that you did. Furthermore, that agreement can now be pointed to as evidence that you committed embezzlement. If you are unwilling or unable to pay the amount, your boss may pursue criminal charges against you. Unfortunately, there are too many moving pieces for an attorney to give you sound legal opinion on a message board. The most I would tell you is to look into criminal defense attorneys and to not speak to police unless you have a lawyer.
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You will definitely need a defense attorney on board ASAP. Use the AVVO find a lawyer tool to chat with 10.0 rated criminal defense attorneys. Its not too late!
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If what you wrote in this posting is 100% true, you appear to be a victim of extortion. Therefore, you will want to have a consultation with an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney who has some prosecutorial background. It is not too late to seek legal counsel. However, the longer you wait the more difficult your situation will become. Good luck!
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