Hello, I am in Nevada, and recently sold some merchandise to a customer from California. The contract
clearly stated that the invoice needed to be paid in full before they can pick up the merchandise. The dollar amount was for $15,500. We received their company check in the amount of $15,000 on the morning of the same day that their truck came to pick up the merchandise. However, they placed a stop payment on their check, 2 days before we even received it, and before they even picked up the merchandise. They never told us about the stop payment, because had we knew, then we obviously would not have released the merchandise to them. We only found out a week later, when our bank returned the check. After contacting them, they told us to re-deposit the check a second time. It has now been 2 weeks since their truck picked up the merchandise (which crossed state lines by the way), and we are still out $15,500, and have received nothing. We are hoping that the check will clear the second time. We have also lost many, many hours of aggravation, and stress in dealing with this.
My question is this: Are there any civil or criminal penalties that they can face because of this deception? Not only are we out the $15,500, but even if the check clears later, we are out all kinds of time, bank fees, etc.?