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Santa Clara District Attorney Files Two Embezzlement Cases

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CA defense lawyerLast month, the Santa Clara County District Attorney filed two separate cases in which a Bay-area woman allegedly embezzled more than $300,000 from her employer.

In one case, a San Jose woman allegedly used a company credit card to spend more than $300,000 on personal expenses over a two-year period. In the other case, a Dublin woman allegedly used a false name to gain employment at a construction company and then funneled some $480,000 to herself with company checks.

In both cases, the women allegedly used the money to pay for phone bills, rent, vacations, and more. It is a reminder that state, county, and local authorities are still investigating embezzlement and other fraud cases.

What Is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement differs from traditional theft because, at the time of the theft, you have lawful control over the property or access to the money. However, it is also for that reason embezzlement cases can be complicated. While theft could be taking money from a register, embezzlement might involve using passwords or codes to gain access to an account. Oftentimes, embezzlement requires higher levels of trust and permission to finances.

Punishment for Embezzlement

In the state of California, if you are charged with embezzlement you could face either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount of money stolen, the value of the property, your criminal history, and the circumstances of the case.

When the value of the embezzled money or property is $950 or less, you could face a standard misdemeanor charge. A conviction could land you between six months to a year in jail plus a $1,000 fine. Additionally, you might have to pay back the victim. If you embezzle more than $950, you could face a felony charge. A conviction could land you up to three years in prison, a $10,000 fine, and you might have to pay back the victim as well.

Contact a Santa Clara County Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with embezzlement or other financial crimes, contact an experienced San Jose white-collar criminal lawyer. Attorney Cory Fuller has more than 10 years of experience in criminal defense, so he and his seasoned staff know what to expect in financial fraud cases. Contact his office today for a free consultation by calling 408-234-7563.

 

Sources:

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/da/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/NRA2021/Amador-Cardenas.aspx

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=514.&ahighlight=true&keyword=embezzlement

https://www.coryfullerlaw.com/criminal-defense/fraud/embezzlement

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