Embezzlement in State or Federal Court
Embezzlement is another type of crime that could be charged in either state or federal court, usually depending on who the victim is (federally insured bank or credit union for example) or whether there was some interstate activity (use of the mail or internet to transfer money for example).
Often times in an embezzlement type investigation our client is aware of the investigation prior to any charges being filed, usually because either they or someone they know has been approached by an agent for questioning. While there may very well be an opportunity for someone suspected of embezzlement to “explain” their way out of trouble, it is generally not a good idea to agree to be questioned until you have first spoken with an experienced criminal attorney. What your attorney will discuss with you is what ALL of the circumstances are, including whether you may have had a good faith belief that you were owed the money, whether there is a legitimate explanation for what might look like “cooked” books, and/or whether someone supervising you instructed you to do certain things. Only after carefully considering all the facts and circumstances can your attorney advise you on how to proceed which could involve cooperation with the investigation or to first undertake our own investigation by interviewing witnesses and hiring experts such as a forensic accountant.
The illegal transfer of money or property that, although possessed legally by the embezzler, is diverted to the embezzler personally by his or her fraudulent action.
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Embezzlement Defense Considerations
For example, an employee might embezzle money from their employer or a public officer could embezzle money received during the course of their public duties and secretly convert it to their personal use.
If you are facing potential embezzlement charges, it is critical that you use a legal defense team with specific experience and expertise dealing with these types of charges. Call us at any time at (800) 209-4331 for a free, confidential initial consultation. Early intervention is critical to obtaining the best results.