Have You Been Charged With Embezzlement?
Embezzlement charges often arise in connection with alleged misappropriation of funds by someone who had access to company money or the accounts of nonprofit organizations such as:
- Any officer with the ability to write checks, make withdrawals and make payments with organization funds
When you read of such stories in the newspaper, do you shake your head and ask yourself, “How could they be so stupid?” But it is very easy to find yourself in the same situation because of questionable financial transactions that you made when in a position of trust at a business or charitable organization such as a church, a youth sports organization or an educational or research organization.
Utah White Collar Crime Defense Lawyers
Are you accused of workers’ compensation fraud, stealing from your employer or embezzlement through acts such as the following?
- Writing checks to others and pocketing the proceeds
- Siphoning off a portion of cash deposits that you were responsible for making
- Transferring money from one account to another or directing some to another’s account
- Making charitable donations to a friend or family member using organization funds
Embezzlement, whether intentional or unintentional, can occur in any number of ways. Regardless of any shame or fear that you may be feeling while under investigation, it is important to stay grounded in the truth:
- If accused of theft on the job, you have the same rights as any other criminal defendant. Your attorney must be committed to helping you guard your constitutional rights.
- Evidence that law enforcement collects illegally may not be admissible in court as long as we can demonstrate that illegal search and seizure took place.
- Allegations of your involvement may be the result of blame shifting when, in fact, the wrongdoing was committed by your supervisor — or someone whom you supervised.
- If the allegations are proven and a conviction seems inevitable, a favorable result may still be attained through negotiations and restitution. If these negotiations take place before any criminal charges are filed, you may have a good chance to get through this challenge with your clean record intact.
- Your choice of an attorney is key. At the law offices of Greg Smith and Associates, we welcome the opportunity to explain why you should hire us.
We are here to offer those who need our advocacy the benefit of our experience, understanding and service. We regularly advise other attorneys and share our insights with the public.
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Feel free to contact us night or day, any day of the week. Our lawyers are ready to talk to you about the steps we will take to defend you in the face of embezzlement, fraud or other white collar crime charges in Utah. We are available at 801-651-1512 or through email.