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Undocumented worker.
Actually, I don't know - didn't think to ask. The reason I think it's a possibility is since he cashed the check at my bank rather than taking it to his. But it could be he just wanted to make sure the check was good.

Either way, I don't see how it is your problem. You paid him, and it is up to him to handle his own tax situation. There's nothing you can do to change that. I can think of lots of reasons that he cashed your check at his bank. Maybe he doesn't have a bank account. Maybe his bank account is garnished for child support and he is a deadbeat dad. Maybe he needed cash for his weekly expenses like groceries etc. and it was just easier to cash your check than it was to deposit it at his bank and then do a withdrawal because your bank was closer and faster. Maybe he was planning on surprising the wife with a gift, and didn't want her to know how much he spent, so was using cash. Maybe he is actually working under the table and doesn't want to claim it on his taxes.
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