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I am sorry to hear about this situation. If the claim about theft is false, then there is a case, arguably. The essential elements for a successful defamation action by a private individual are (1) defamatory statements; (2) a nonprivileged communication to a third party; (3) falsity; (4) reference to the plaintiff; (5) at least negligence on the part of the publisher; and (6) resulting injury. Garrison v. Herbert J. Thomas Mem. Hosp., 438 SE 2d 6 - W Va: Supreme Court of Appeals 1993 (internal citations omitted).
As such, this could indeed be construed as defamation and a case can be made if one is being accused of theft.
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