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So from what I can tell, you have been overpaid, but you thought this money was due to you, this is fair enough usually when a company etc. makes an overpayment they request the money back, so can you tell me how we are now at the stage of a fraud investigation?
It seems like a very dramatic jump, why didn't they contact you and let you know that you have been overpaid before jumping to a police fraud investigation? You could potentially make a complaint if that is the case. However, to answer your question, if you have been overpaid then yes you have to pay it back however, you have to pay it back at a reasonable rate and in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996 they cannot take more than 11% of your salary at any one time. However, if you agree to slightly higher payments to repay such sums then you can by way of agreement. I would contact them saying that you accept the overpayment along with your reason and then offer to pay the sums back in line with the above advice.
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So you have requested payment for more money than you were due?
Even if this is the caee then still follow the above advice. I would also write a letter to the solicitor explaining why you though you were due the total sums along with the acceptance that you will pay it back. In the same letter I would suggest to the lawyer that a normal course of action would have been to bring this to your attention first rather than jumping to a fraud investigation. But untimely yes you will have to pay it back. However, if your contract states that you are due travel time and you believe you are due this money then I would fight your conner.
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