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Unfortunately, there is no way to know at this stage whether or not they'll report this as a crime.
There simply not any legal formula that dictates the employer's response here. They can certainly choose to handle the situation internally, but they can also choose to report the situation to the police as a form of corporate fraud.
Resigning here doesn't legally help you in any way. If they are not willing to handle the situation internally, you'll need to invoke your right to silence if any police show up and work with an attorney to cooperate in the way that best protects you.
An attorney at your termination meeting will really be of no use. That isn't a forum that an attorney can help you.
if they choose to report as corporate fraud, will the police arrest me? Like in handcuffs, take me to jail?
If they report as corporate fraud that would mean they would intend to take the case to court? Is this a felony? Would I potentially serve jail time? I have no prior offenses of any kind
If they chose to, yes the police can certainly take that approach and arrest you.
They can also just call you and ask you to come in. For situations like this, without violent crime being alleged, they tend to be more permissive.
With the amount that you are talking about here, it is unlikely that you'd face jail time. There would almost certainly be an offer of pretrial diversion involving community service and probation.
Thank you. Sounds like I have no choice but to go to the meeting and then from there....
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