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Understand what embezzlement charges entail

In our prior blog post, we discussed how white collar crimes require an early jump on a defense strategy because the elements of these cases are often complex. One of the white collar crimes that is fairly common is embezzlement. There are several things to consider when you are facing embezzlement charges.

Embezzlement charges are most commonly associated with business-related circumstances. Corporate employees and other employees who are given control over money can be charged with embezzlement if they take money or assets that aren't theirs to take.

There are several different actions that can lead to embezzlement charges. Some people are accused of taking large amounts of money in a short period of time. Other people are accused of taking small amounts of money over a prolonged period of time. In some cases, people use the assets of the company in a way in which wasn't intended.

Some examples of what could lead to an embezzlement charge include false or fabricated payroll records and billing that is fraudulent. In these instances, the actions of the person would have been deliberate and not simply coincidental.

Another important factor is that a person charged of embezzlement doesn't necessarily have to receive the money or assets. A person can also be charged with embezzlement if he or she transfers money or assets to another person to whom they weren't intended for.

If you are facing embezzlement charges, you should get to work on determining how the prosecution is handling the case. Part of this means going through the information that is going to be used against you. This information can become the foundation for your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Embezzlement," accessed March 04, 2016

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