I would like to ask your opinion regarding my friend's circumstances. She was caught recently in a grocery supermarket shoplifted goods. She cooperated well with the guards on duty who interrogated her. She was brought into their office, and in the end was asked to write a letter addressing the supermarket - it was a letter of apology for her wrongdoing and stated also in the letter that she paid a sum of Php3,000.00 as payment for the penalty charged on her. She was told that it was for the settlement of the incident, and for the company not to file further charges against her.That, if she can't settle the said amount, the company will proceed in filing charges agaist her, and on that moment, she will be brought to jail. She also signed a receipt showing that she paid that amount, and a 'Claim Release' form.
My question is, can the management be aware that she really paid the penalty charge? The guards on duty (surveillance guards inside the premises) told her that she must pay that certain amount, as per the management's decision, - according to them. My friend is doubting if that money will be really given to their office or will just fall into the guards' pockets?
And will the company can still file charges against her? And one thing, she wasn't given her copy of the letter, and the 'claim release' form as well. Please advise. Appreciate all your advise/s.