dishonest businessmanWhile all theft crimes involve taking property away from a victim with the purpose of depriving them of that property, embezzlement charges are unique because they require the defendant to have been placed in a position of trust. If you willingly take property away from a victim with the intention of depriving them of it and you were initially given access to that property, you have committed the crime of embezzlement.

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As stated previously, embezzlement requires that the perpetrator have been placed in a position of trust where the victim gave them legal and authorized access to the property stolen. Because this crime usually involves money, it is frequently perpetrated by those in elevated positions, many of whom simply believe they can’t be caught.

Embezzlement is most commonly found in positions including:

  • Treasurers
  • Cashiers
  • Bankers
  • Accountants
  • CEOs, CFOs, and other high-ranking corporate positions
  • Financial advisors

However, money not the only thing that can be embezzled. If you are found to be taking property such as medical or law enforcement equipment, or stealing during a governor-declared emergency, you will be found guilty of second-degree felony embezzlement.

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