This firm has been asked by Wal-Mart STores, Inc. to handle the resolution of a shoplifting incident in which you were involved. Our records indicate that on APril 20, 2006 you committed the act of shoplifting or theft as defined by your state.
The law in your state authorizes the merchant to recover civil damages and/or penalties, which they suffer as a result of shoplifting. A copy of this statute is included on the reverse side of this letter. (Please note that there is no representation that this statute is current, complete, or accurate. The inclusion of this text is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.)
This letter is a settlement offer in order to settle all potential claims our client may have against you, arising from this incident, for a lesser amount before this matter proceeds any further within our office. The amount that you need to pay in order to settle this matter at this time is $225.00.
This settlement amount is less than the full amount of daamges and/or penalties that our client is allowed by law to pursue. However, if you do not pay this amount by May 31, 2006, the amount you will be required to pay to settle this matter will increase.
In the event that you do not pay the amount listed above, your state law may allow a civil action to be filed against you. If an action is filed against you, your client will seek court costs and attorneys' fee for such litigation.
Please note that the civil damages and/or penalties request in this letter are in addition to any crimnial penalty. If you have been prosecuted, you still owe these civil damages and/or penalties.
Please use the attached payment coupon to make payment by credit card of send a cashier's check, money ordde or other verified funds.