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Hello, this is Jim and welcome to JustAnswer.
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Sorry to hear of the issue.
I wouldn't say there is a defamation claim as that requires someone to lie about you to third parties and your reputation is damaged - they reported this to the Police. Unless they posted lies about you online (on social media for example) in which case you could sue them. They would have a defence if what they said was their genuine belief, however.
I would only recommend you sue them if they have the means to pay, otherwise it's a waste of time - you could go to the time and expense of suing them only for them to not be able to pay what is owed.
Damages could be claimed for any stress and harassment - but again, they need money to pay you, or assets to claim against once you sued them successfully.
A criminal action is possible if you bring a private prosecution against them - though you would need a law firm to this (and same for any damages claim - they can check the defendant's means to pay by performing an asset search - lawyers use tracing agencies for this reason).
My view is it may be possible to do both, pursue a damages claim and private prosecution - any of the following firms may be able to do so :
I hope this helps
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