Financial crimes, including embezzlement, are considered to be serious offenses and may carry serious punishment. Although many white-collar crimes do not involve threats, violence, or bodily injury to others, they are still taken very seriously by judges and juries. Embezzlement is the act of misappropriating funds for personal use and is often referred to as theft by fraud.
Individuals in positions of great authority or little authority may be found guilty of embezzlement. Even the act of misappropriating a small amount of money may be considered a crime worthy of prosecution. If you have been charged with embezzling funds, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595.
Common Types of Embezzlement
Although embezzlement charges vary depending on the specifics of the individual case, embezzlement often includes:
- Misuse or misappropriation of business funds
- Misappropriation or stealing of business proceeds
- “Short-changing” or siphoning from register sales
- Misuse of corporate credit cards
- Abuse of corporate checks and checking accounts
- Theft of savings or other money on hand
The severity of embezzlement charges often depends on the amount of money taken from the institution. Charges may range from misdemeanors up to felonies, depending on the circumstances of the crime.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Appleton
If you stand accused of embezzlement or theft by fraud, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 to discuss your legal options and formulate your defense.