How can I avoid legal action against me for not paying ex-employees in a timely manner?

Question Details: I had 2 guys do some work for a house I am working as a self-proprietor, they worked for a total of 9 days and I had to tell them I no longer needed them per owner's request. Money and tools were missing from the owners house. They were the only ones in that specific location in the house working when money had come up missing. Now they are demanding money from me and threating me to go to workforce to file a complaint against me. What do I do? What legal advice can you give me to help me on how to resolve this issue. What legalities do I have to back me up?

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