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Your mother in law is not responsible for the reimbursement of the loss to her employer caused by the criminal acts of a third party.
Nor is the employer allowed to deduct one cent from her check for that loss.
Your MIL should file a wage claim with the Illinois Department of Labor
. The ex employer, if guilty of a violation, could be liable for the wages, attorney fees and punitive damages
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