last year, i worked for an employer for about 6 months. during the course of my my entire employment, my employer did not provide me with a desktop so i used my own personal laptop until my last day with the employer. my laptop was setup by the company's IT to receive company emails and even to access emails offsite. during the course of performing my duty, i was receiving emails and files necessary to perform my job. after 1 year, i am now being sued for qualified theft since i never deleted the emails and files in my personal laptop.
my question is, can it be considered qualified theft when all business emails and files were received through my personal laptop? isn't it that i have ownership over the emails and files sent to me under their own free will since my employer did not provide me any desktop or laptop to perform my duties?
i will be happy to receive your expert legal advise