My old employer's payroll department made a mistake and overpaid me.
I did not notice this payment in my bank account until I was notified 4 weeks after the payment was deposited into my account. When they contacted me, they said it was sent by check and I cashed the check, which is a lie. I have proof of the direct deposit.
I told them I could make small payments of $100 each week until paid off. They basically said no and that I need to pay in full in 3 weeks. It’s over $5k and I do not have the money at this time.
Do I legally have to pay them back?