John, thank you for the additional information. If the issue is related to embezzlement, which would likely be filed as a criminal charge, it would be best to retain a criminal defense attorney
at this time. The reason being, is that the employer is likely to 1) try and contact and speak with you about the situation or 2) turn the matter over to the police to investigate. In either case, you can advise and direct the party to speak with your attorney, who is representing you in the matter. The attorney can, at your discretion, try and resolve this, without any criminal charges being filed, if the employer is willing to settle this with payment of the amount taken, assuming that there is evidence of this. If the accused did nothing wrong, then they should not pay or settle on anything and should be willing to fight this. If the party is being sued, civilly, they would want to retain counsel once they are served with the summons and complaint, since it would need to be responded to within 20 or 30 days. The attorney would need to file an answer and raise any defenses, so they need time to file a response. It does not hurt to retain counsel as soon as possible, assuming the funds are available to do so. If not, they can wait until 1) they are served with a summons and complaint or 2) contacted by the police, so they do not spend the money on an attorney and nothing ever comes from the accusation.
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