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I am sorry to hear about what they did. Both the book keeper and her mother, could face criminal charges for this theft, fraud and embezzlement. Based upon the amount of money taken and their involvement, they could be charged with felonies. This needs to be reported to the police and evidence of the theft should be taken with you, when you contact them and file a report, to support it. The police will likely investigate the matter and determine if there is a basis to arrest and charge them. The case would then be turned over to the State Attorney, to file charges. If charges are filed and they are found guilty at trial or take a plea deal, the State Attorney will likely seek restitution for you, so you can recover all the money taken plus any other damages which you suffered, as a result of their actions. In addition to having to pay everything back, they could face prison, jail, or probation, along with fines and other court costs. If for some reason you did not want to file criminal charges against them, you would have to file a civil lawsuit to collect but would then have to retain an attorney and it would place a heavier burden on you, to recover. If the State files charges, they will act on your behalf, since the crime was against the State of Florida and you are the victim.
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