Embezzlement is a criminal offense generally consisting of the fraudulent conversion of property belonging to another by someone who has lawful possession of the property; it may often take the form of theft of an employer's funds by an employee or theft of a client's funds by a guardian or fiduciary.
Embezzlement is punishable as a federal criminal offense under 18 U.S.C. § 641 where the property which is fraudulently converted belongs to, or is under contract with, the federal government. Other federal criminal statutes prohibit specific forms of embezzlement, such as embezzlement by a bank employee and embezzlement of employee benefit plans or healthcare funds. Embezzlement of property belonging to a private individual or entity is generally punishable under state, rather than federal, laws. Both federal and state statutes provide strict criminal penalties for embezzlement; embezzlement is punishable by imprisonment of up to ten (10) years and significant fines under the federal statute.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing criminal embezzlement charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including embezzlement matters. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
Over the last 40 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country.
If you have questions or concerns about a criminal embezzlement matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (800) 780-2889 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.