If my employer paid me double paychecks and asked fme to pay one back, w ill I go to jail if I don’t?

For a couple weeks my employer paid me double paychecks. Knowingly, I said nothing because it was an error and I thought they wouldn’t notice. Eventually they did take notice then later terminated me for

Asked on April 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Kentucky

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you could go to jail for this: "knowingly" is the key word. If you know that the money doesn't belong to you or that you are not entitled to it, but you took it anyway, that is theft. If you repay, they will likely treat it as an error; but if you don't and they take it to the authorities, you could face charges.


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