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Are you saying you were paid by both the bank and the dealer and you know you were only owed the $5000 but were given $10,000 and you are asking if now you have to pay them back or not?
The law is very clear and you are undoubtedly required to pay them back. This is not your money and you were paid in error and even when you took the money you knew that.
You would not be permitted to pay them back slowly if this went to court. In fact you would be ordered to pay interest from the day you got the money and cashed the cheque to the time you pay them back in full and would also have to pay their legal costs.
They can add this to the lien because you owe this them the money.
If they send this to a collection agency then the agency will file a report and this will most assuredly damage your credit rating.
The best thing to do, clearly, is pay them back and put this behind you. You will ultimately hurt yourself if you don't.
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