Embezzlement

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White collar crimes refer to those that are nonviolent, financially motivated, and most common in corporate environments. There are many variations of white collar crimes, but one of the most damaging is embezzlement. Commonly referred to as theft or robbery of assets, embezzlement involves the misappropriation of funds for personal gain. Those facing such charges in Florida can easily receive a felony conviction and fines up to $10,000. It is for this reason and many others why those accused of embezzlement should acquire a seasoned attorney with experience combatting federal charges.

What is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is the theft or mishandling of funds that were entrusted to an individual or belonging to his or her employer. The most common form of this crime is accounting embezzlement, which occurs when an individual alters accounting records to steal or hide funds. The number of ways one can embezzle funds is seemingly endless as individuals will often go to great lengths to disguise the money flow.

While some individuals will just outright pocket the funds, there are a few more complex ways in which embezzlement can occur. A few of these include:

  • Fraudulent Billing: Making finances appear as if they were used to afford bills.
  • Payroll to Nonexistent Employees: Documenting payment to phony employees whose accounts often link back to the accused individual.
  • Falsifying Records: Altering document information with the intention of misleading others.

One can commit these crimes over many years or in a few months. What remains true is that, if caught, you can expect to face severe penalties.

Criminal Penalties for Embezzlement

The penalties for embezzlement, like any other theft crime, is based on the amount of money stolen. Those accused of this crime can either face misdemeanor or felony charges, which vary vastly. The criminal penalties for embezzlement in Florida are as follows:

Misdemeanor

  • 1st Degree: $100-$300 embezzled or stolen. Up to 11 months of incarceration, 29 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
  • 2nd Degree: Under $100 embezzled or stolen. Up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Felony

  • 1st Degree: Over $100,000 embezzled or stolen. Up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • 2nd Degree: Over $20,000, but less than $100,000 embezzled or stolen. Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • 3rd Degree: Over $300, but less than $20,000 embezzled or stolen. Up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

When it comes to the misappropriation of valuables, Florida law has specific guidelines to determine the value of the item and the most appropriate charge.

Aggressive Defense for Federal Charges

Knowingly deceiving those who have entrusted someone with managing their funds is an action that many see as unforgiving. The judge and jury will likely share this ideal and push for you to receive the maximum sentence. An experienced embezzlement attorney with The Umansky Law Firm can help mitigate your case to have charges lessened or even dismissed in when possible.

Board-certified criminal trial attorney Brice Aikens with The Umansky Law Firm is the lawyer you want defending your federal charge. Attorney Bradford Fisher is the lawyer you want for your State fraud charge. They have years of experience working in the Greater Central Florida area to help free the accused from the grips of the Florida legal system and is ready to go to work for you. Through one-on-one conversations and extensive research, he can help best position you for a favorable ruling. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.