At the beginning of 2016, an accountant in West Virginia was charged with 953 criminal counts of embezzling after she took $1 million from at least one client’s account over five years. Along with embezzlement counts, she also faced hundreds of counts of forgery as well. Unfortunately, these cases are not unheard of even though at times they are extremely complex and shocking. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we can handle your embezzlement case, but first you must understand what embezzlement law is.
What is Embezzlement Law?
If somebody is accused of misappropriating money or property that they were supposed to take care of and using it for their own benefit, embezzlement law is put into play by the courts. Embezzlement Law also encompasses the legal defenses and punishments that may be seen in these cases in regards to the defendant. The value of the property that was taken will usually determine whether or not the defendant will face misdemeanor or felony charges. Many examples of embezzlement cases include stockbrokers that takes money from clients, contractors who take lumber belonging to property owners, and so many related crimes.
Embezzlement is actually very close to larceny because both crimes involve taking property that belongs to another person. However, in cases of larceny, they can be committed by anyone. In cases of embezzlement, the defendant was originally entrusted with the property. Embezzlement crimes are very serious for this reason and those who are convicted of the crime should expect to pay restitution to victims in any way that they can return the property or pay fines.
It is important to have an attorney on your side if you have been charged with embezzlement. We will help you every step of the way in your case. You may be able to use a legal defense based on the circumstances regarding your case. Call us today.