As part of a hiring offer, I have been granted the benefit of being reimbursed for moving expenses between two cities in Germany.
Unfortunately, instead of being reimbursed, the employer has transferred the money to the moving company, although I had done the same 1 month prior.
Now, the moving company does not respond to emails, and at the phone they claim they have reversed my transaction to avoid paying twice for the same invoice. Till today, they haven't wired back any money, neither to myself, nor to my employer and this has been going on since January 2021.
What can be done in this case? Hire a lawyer? To my limited knowledge of accounting, the company would need to justify the money that was paid twice, and it is not a negligible sum. So, unless they commit tax fraud and provide forged invoices to justify the second transfer, I would assume the tax office can be notified and they would end up with a criminal record, but I probably need to send them a lawyer notification.
Is there any preferred procedure in such a case?