Taking a few dollars from the register here and there is no big deal, right? It’s easy to rationalize that you deserve to be paid more anyway, and the employer has plenty of money. Unfortunately, stealing from an employer is considered embezzlement, a serious crime.
The Consequences of Embezzlement
Whether you work as a retail cashier or are a high-level banker taking money off the top, you are breaking the law. Embezzlement charges can be handled in two ways:
· Civil Charges: If the employer finds out you have been stealing, they can file a lawsuit against you to get the money back. This can happen if no criminal charges are brought forward. Or the civil charges can take place at the same time as criminal charges.
· Criminal Charges: In cases where your employer involved the police, criminal charges will be brought against you. The court will determine the punishment. For small amounts of money, you may be hit with some fines and the duty to pay back what you have stolen. For large sums of money, you will likely serve prison time.
How Does an Employer Prove Embezzlement?
An employer does not have a case if they merely suspect an employee stealing from them. They would have to show proof. The prosecution will work hard to prove the case before moving forward with consequences. Embezzlement convictions are founded on the following:
· Proof that there was a working relationship
· Proof that assets were stolen
· Proof that the act was intentional
Once the prosecution can prove that embezzlement did happen, you will be faced with a sentence. You will often have a chance to confess and take a plea deal. Meeting with an expert lawyer to discuss your options is always best.
If you are accused of stealing from your employer, find out your options with Miles & Hatcher, LLP. Our experienced team knows what it takes to fight for justice. We have years of experience dealing with embezzlement cases to return the best possible outcome. We can find out the facts and make a plan of action. Call to schedule a free consultation: (909) 481-4080.