Embezzlement is a type of theft crime, but it differs from theft wherein a defendant in an embezzlement case is accused of stealing money or property he or she was entrusted with managing or monitoring. Embezzlement is a very serious criminal offense which will carry life-changing penalties upon conviction, depending on the worth of the stolen money or property. Furthermore, if the alleged crime is committed by a government employee or an individual with access to government funds or property, or if an individual embezzles healthcare premiums or money from an employee benefit plan, or otherwise violates federal law, the embezzlement could also be charged as a federal crime, which carries increased criminal penalties. If you or someone you know has been accused of embezzling property or funds from the federal government , you need to work with a knowledgeable and experienced embezzlement lawyer to handle the embezzlement cases and represent you in court. 

Why Should You Hire A Embezzlement Defense Lawyer?

Embezzlement cases involving the U.S. government are tried in court and are subject to the federal sentencing guidelines, which impose statutory minimums and maximums for federal embezzlement charges. Any time you've been accused of embezzling money or property from the federal government, you need to have a knowledgeable, seasoned embezzlement lawyer on your side who can review all of the chargest against you and advise you on the best way to proceed with your case. Even if the defense lawyer can’t fully drop the charges against the accused, he or she can still try to get a favorable sentence to get the best possible outcome in an embezzlement case.

Embezzlement Explained

The crime of embezzlement occurs when an individual who was entrusted to watch or manage someone else’s property or money steals the property or money for his or her own personal gain. Embezzlement is a type of property theft when the theft is administered in violation of the alleged offender’s position of trust with regard to the stolen property or money. This expectation of trust combined with the alleged offender’s right to possess or access the property or money in question, is what sets embezzlement aside from other theft crimes, like larceny. In order for an individual to be found guilty of embezzlement, that person must have had legal access to the alleged victim’s property or money, but not legal ownership of it.

Some common examples of embezzlement include a bank teller stealing money from a customer, a corporate executive or employee stealing funds from the company or from a client, or a board member stealing investor money. Individuals accused of embezzlement in the United States are often charged and prosecuted under state or federal law, depending on all of the circumstances of the case.

When is Embezzlement a Federal Offense?

Each state has laws against embezzlement and specific penalties that accompany an embezzlement conviction – usually a fine and/or jail time – but there are certain situations which can result in federal embezzlement charges, including cases involving the theft of cash or property belonging to the federal government by a government employee or an individual with legal access to the money or property. According to the United States Code that governs federal embezzlement and theft crimes and there are specific statutes penalizing the various types of embezzlement and theft that are punishable under the federal law, including the following cases:

  • Embezzlement of property, records, or public money
  • Embezzlement of tools and materials with the purpose of counterfeiting 
  • Embezzlement by officers, employees or agents of the federal government
  • Embezzlement by someone from the bank who receive unauthorized deposits of any public money
  • Embezzlement by bank officers or employees 
  • Embezzlement by an insurance institution, lending, or a credit institution
  • Embezzlement from an employee benefit plan 
  • Embezzlement in connection to healthcare 

Even stealing artwork may result in federal embezzlement charges, if the artwork is an “object of cultural heritage” that is stolen or obtained by fraud from the “care, custody or control of a museum” 

Hiring a very knowledgeable and experienced embezzlement lawyer is very important to get the best possible outcome in your case. You will also need the defense lawyer to represent you in court.

Stockmann Law has decades of hands-on experience in using proven defense methods and tactics to help the defendants. Stockmann Law is dedicated to providing the defendant to have the right to competent counsel. At Stockmann Law, excellence is our only standard. We, Stockmann Law firm give the Client, personalized attention from the team. You’ll also have direct access to your attorney. They are located at 6035 Binney Street Suite #200

Omaha NE 68104. You can reach them at (402) 884-1031 or visit their website: https://stockmannlaw.com/