Embezzlement Defense Lawyer on Long Island

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When a person has been entrusted with handling another's property and steals from that property, it is considered embezzlement. The definition differs from charges of burglary or larceny, because the individual has been entrusted to manage the property. Money, bonds, or stocks are most often stolen in embezzlement crimes, however, physical items that might carry value can also be stolen, such as jewelry or office equipment.

One example of embezzlement is an employee that has been appointed to be in charge of payroll decides to steal money from the company. This might be done either through falsifying work hours or manipulating the payroll to distribute income to a fake employee that channels directly into the embezzler's account.

Whatever the case, you need to protect yourself from such charges by talking with a seasoned Long Island white collar crime lawyer.

Components of Embezzlement

Money is most often involved in embezzlement, but may also include bonds or stocks. Embezzlement cases can often be quite complicated, since they involve deception from a trusted source and varies financial documents and resources.

The penalties might include the following:

  • Extensive fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Restitution to any victims
  • IRS penalties for not reporting stolen items on taxes

Embezzlement is a criminal act that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value or amount of property that was stolen. Similarly, the fines and jail terms may vary according to the factors involved. For example, stealing more than $50,000 (not exceeding $100,000) might be punishable for up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Retaining a Long Island white collar crimes lawyer that is well acquainted with federal crimes is a crucial step during this time.

Get a Former Prosecutor on Your Case

In order to be convicted of embezzlement, the prosecution must prove that the thefts were committed intentionally and that the person was a trusted individual. You need a tough team behind you to formulate opposing arguments in your favor. Let The Law Offices of Scott Gross, P.C. fight for you! Our founding attorney is former prosecutor who has earned a well-respected reputation in our community and is prepared to fight for you. His experience has given him the ability to handle a wide variety of complex cases, such as white collar crimes.

Don't take any chances on your future. Contact us today! Our Long Island defense team can help you fight your charges.