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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you, but I believe I have information which you will find helpful.
As a general rule, an employer may not withhold an employee's final paycheck
or deduct from the wages
without a prior agreement with the employee. However, fraud is one exception that allows an employer to withhold wages. If an employee falsified their time sheet or work hours, the employer does not have to pay for the hours they did not actually work.
However, you can only withhold the falsified wages from that particular pay period
. You would need to sue the employee for any alleged fraud to recover wages which have already been paid.
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