Embezzlement involves the fraudulent taking of personal property, money or the misappropriation of money, by someone (usually an employee) entrusted to safeguard it.  You can be prosecuted for embezzlement whether you keep the property or transfer it to a third party.

If you face embezzlement charges, the punishment can be harsh. 

If convicted, the penalties are based on the value of the money or property embezzled.

  • A Class A misdemeanor if the value of the property or services obtained is one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less and carries a jail sentence up to eleven (11) months and twenty nine (29) days;
  • A Class E felony if the value of the property or services obtained is more than one thousand dollars ($1,000)but less than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) and carries a sentence up to six (6) years in prison;
  • A Class D felony if the value of the property or services obtained is two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or more but less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and carries a sentence up to twelve (12) years in prison;
  • A Class C felony if the value of the property or services obtained is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more but less than sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) and carries a sentence up to fifteen (15) years in prison;
  • A Class B felony if the value of the property or services obtained is sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) or more but less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) and carries a sentence up to thirty (30) years in prison;
  • A Class A felony if the value of the property or services obtained is two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or more and carries a sentence up to sixty (60) years in prison.

Whether accused of embezzlement or employee theft, you need representation. Contact James R. Owen for the best defense.  

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