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    tenses in minutes

    Dear all,
    this is a part of some imaginary minutes:
    "Mr XY reported that the Department had conducted the audit of transactions carried out in branches, establishing that an employee had committed a fraud. He stole cash from the safe deposit box he was in charge of. The employee still has not repaid the damage."
    I would like to know whether the tenses have been used correctly in this paragraph and especially the following:
    1. Is it necessary to backshifit tenses in the sentences which have no verb of reporting, but such a verb is implied: (Mr XY reported that) He stole (had stolen?) cash from the safe deposit box.
    2. Can we use present perfect in the minutes in this case: "the employee still has not repaid the damage" because the money was not repaid until the moment of reporting, but we do not know whether it has been repaid afterwards.. Which tense should be used?
    Thanks for you help.

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    Re: tenses in minutes

    "Mr XY reported that the Department had conducted the audit of transactions carried out in branches, establishing that an employee had committed a fraud. He stole cash from the safe deposit box he was in charge of. The employee still has not repaid the damage."
    This is perfectly correct.

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