What is Embezzlement?
Embezzlement is a type of
white collar crime which occurs when an individual entrusted to manage or monitor another
party’s money or property steals all or part of that particular
money or property for personal gain. Examples of embezzlement include
writing checks from an employer’s funds or submitting false invoices
to receive company funds.
Embezzlement Penalties in California
Embezzlement is punished based on the value or type of property stolen.
Not only are you facing lengthy prison sentences and expensive fines,
but your reputation can be permanently damaged, making it difficult to
obtain employment or take advantage of life’s opportunities.
The following are the penalties for embezzlement in California:
Property worth less than $950 – Misdemeanor
- Maximum jail sentence of six months
- A fine of up to $1,000
Property worth more than $950 – Misdemeanor or Felony
- Misdemeanor – Maximum jail sentence of one year
- Felony – Maximum prison sentence of three years
If a defendant was convicted during the same criminal trial of two or more
felonies involving embezzlement or fraud, or caused the combined loss
of over $100,000 to another person, he or she is subject to a “white
collar enhancement.” This adds up to five years of prison time in
addition to the original sentence.
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If you have been accused of embezzlement, it’s imperative to seek
legal representation from an experienced Santa Barbara criminal defense
Appel & Morse, we possess a comprehensive proficiency of the California legal system
regarding white collar crimes to help you navigate through the complexities
of your case.
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