Question Details:I worked for a company and resigned immediately once I found out they were trying to cheat the IRS. 3 months later they have accused me of stealing a check, signing it and depositing it into my bank account. I have checked all my accounts and nothing has been paid in. They sent me a copy of the check with the bank stamp and threatened to lay criminal charges. Where do I start to protect myself here, someone is obviously trying to set me up and make me loose my new job.
The first thing you should do is consult a criminal defense attorney in your area. The fact that they are threatening to press criminal charges against you is serious. But you also need an attorney who can follow the "evidence trail" in your case. If you haven't deposited a check or no check has been deposited into your account, then you need to find out if the company's copy of the check with a bank stamp is falsified or fake. You also need to have a record of all your bank activities. You need further protection in case they are trying to set you up as retaliation for resigning from the company. Lastly, you want to make sure that you don't have a black mark against you for future employment.