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Embezzlement involves misappropriating funds or property for one’s own benefit. The classic scenario is an employee who diverts business funds or property for personal gain. Embezzlement charges are most prevalent among employees with regular access to the business’s money — for example, bank tellers, retail clerks, bookkeepers and payroll clerks.
Examples of common embezzlement situations include:
- Manipulating accounting records to divert funds for one’s own gain
- Siphoning money from a cash register
- Committing fraudulent payroll practices
- Engaging in false billing
- Establishing fraudulent investment schemes
- Taking inventory or retail goods from one’s employer
- Receiving fraudulent kickbacks
- “Borrowing” money from corporate accounts under the table
- Creating fictitious accounts receivable
As is clear from these examples, a fraudulent intent — that is, a purposeful decision to take and use the property for one’s own gain — is a critical element of the offense.
Not Your ‘Typical’ Criminal Profile
Embezzlement is one of the most common types of white collar crime. It typically involves a segment of the population much different from violent criminals who repeatedly run afoul of the justice system. In fact, most defendants involved in embezzlement charges are everyday people. They often have stable jobs, loving families and no prior criminal record. They may even be trusted, high-level employees or managers with significant responsibilities.
People facing embezzlement charges rarely set out to harm anybody. But the combination of financial pressure, the opportunity to commit fraud and the ability to rationalize their actions can lead them down a disastrous road.
Get Experienced Advocates On Your Side
If you have been charged with embezzlement, you are likely facing the most serious — and potentially life-altering — legal problem of your life. It may seem like everyone in the justice system is working against you. You need the assurance of knowing somebody is on your side.
The St. Louis embezzlement defense attorneys at Grant, Miller & Smith, LLC, can be your advocates. They have more than two decades of collective experience handling charges in Missouri state and federal courts. They appreciate the magnitude of what’s at stake, and they will invest the personal, one-on-one attention your case deserves.
Related Fraud Charges
Federal prosecutors often tack on mail and wire fraud charges to white collar crimes that involve electronic transfers, mail or other electronic methods of transmission. Mailing falsified bills, for example, can constitute mail and wire fraud. These additional charges can result in harsher penalties and additional felonies on your record.
The lawyers at Grant, Miller & Smith handle all types of embezzlement and related fraud charges. They have significant federal court experience — a valuable advantage for those facing high-stakes federal charges.