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Embezzlement Attorney Miami, FL

Florida Embezzlement Charges & Laws

Embezzlement is a white collar crime that is legally defined as the fraudulent appropriation of funds which occurs when a third party entrusts another person with funds, and the person steals the third party's funds. It is also the act of misapplying another person's funds or property. It involves stealing money, information, or any other assets that were entrusted to you.

Embezzlement usually occurs within business settings and within financial institutions, which makes it similar to accounting fraud. Embezzlement is a type of fraud that often is accomplished by the offender systematically taking small amounts of assets in order to not be detected.

When embezzlement occurs internally within a business setting, it is the act of an employee illegally taking company funds. In some cases, the employee may try to conceal the theft by tampering with the company's financial records. In most cases, the theft will be discovered, and investigations will trace back to the person who committed embezzlement.

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Common Embezzlers

Several people can embezzle property or funds from clients or businesses, but some workers are more likely to embezzle than others.

The most common embezzlers include:

  • Bank tellers or bank managers;
  • Retail workers who steal clothes from the store;
  • Bookkeepers;
  • Payroll managers.

Four Factors of Embezzlement

This statutory offense differs depending on the state, but usually involves four factors. First, the act must have been fraudulent, meaning that the offender knowingly took the assets into their own possession. Second, conversion must occur in that the property owner's rights were violated. It is also important to remember that one cannot embezzle their own property, as part of the definition of the law is that it is taking the property of another. It is also only defined as embezzlement if the one who was stolen from had lawful possession of the property. If they only were managing the property, the offender would be charged with larceny rather than embezzlement.

Defending Against Charges of Embezzlement in Miami

If you have recently been accused of this type of white collar crime, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to secure the legal assistance that you deserve from an experienced Miami embezzlement attorney. Any white collar crime accusation is serious and could result in very harsh penalties. If you are facing embezzlement charges, contact a Miami embezzlement lawyer from our legal team as soon as possible.

Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is Florida's premier law firm and is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the accused throughout Miami and the surrounding areas. As former state prosecutors, we have experience on both sides of the courtroom, which greatly benefits us in strategizing your defense. We have handled thousands of cases so please do not wait if you are facing any criminal charge.

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