Moneytalks wrote:Could have been framed? (*I'm also not a lawyer)
Even if the op's buddy was not framed the employer (and perhaps the police) may want to blame someone for the theft. The OPs buddy may be completely innocent, but nonetheless the most obvious suspect. Moreover, the buddy cannot rely on truthfully answering questions to exonerate him if others are trying to pin the theft on the buddy. Truthful answers may actually make the matter worse than non-answers, especially if anyone has an incentive to blame the thefts on the buddy.
If the employer and/or the police are taking this seriously, and the amount stolen is non-trivial, The OPs buddy needs a lawyer experienced in this sort of issue immediately.