I have a question on employee fraud and theft
in Texas. I work for a vendor company that sends vendors into certain retailers to assist in sales, merchandising, or any other jobs that are needed. My specific task was to go into an electronics retailer and sell a certain laptop. That is all I had to do. My employer is out of state and my immediate manager is in San Antonio, TX.
I was hardly in store, yet I still clocked in my hours from home. Meaning I got paid for not even being in the store. I would normally clock in from home and not show up to the retailer. This was not constant, as I did show up to the retailer on several occasions. The total amount of pay that I received while I was NOT in store was $2,304 (gross pay) or $1,879.19 (net pay). Just recently my manager placed me on temporary suspension and would not disclose why. I'm assuming because they found out what I was doing and are now investigating.
Lets just say they decide to go through legal matters to settle this. What would be the most possible scenario that would play out? Would this be charged as "theft" which in turn would possibly leave me with a State Jail Felony or would this be considered fraud or something else entirely? I have never been arrested or charged with anything, I am a family man and have no history of any run ins with the legal system or police.
My wife and I are worried that they will prosecute me and throw me in a state jail for theft. I just wanted to get some clarity on this situation. Am I in my right to worry about this or am I overplaying it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.... Thank you.