Thank you for the additional information.
I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
The US and Colorado Dept of Labor
are actually pretty strict about withholding debt or expenses from an employee's paycheck. If there was a "misuse" of a company credit card then a prior agreement, signed by the employee, would be required to withhold any expenses from his or her check.
If this was a case of actual theft then you could withhold the stolen amount from the check but only if the theft were reported to law enforcement.
Otherwise, your remedy is to pay the employee the wages
owed and sue them for the repayment of the credit card expenses.
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