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Embezzlement Defined

Embezzlement Defined

According to the California Penal Code Section 503-515, embezzlement is "the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted." Embezzlement is a white collar crime that is committed by an employee who has access to private information. The difference between embezzlement and other types of theft is the phrase "to whom it has been entrusted." Rather than gaining information illegally, this information has been given to the employee but used illegally.

In California, embezzlement can be charged as grand theft or petty theft, depending on the value stolen. As a "wobbler" offense, embezzlement can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you could be required to pay up to $1,000 and spend a year in jail. A felony is more serious and can result in a $10,000 and three years in state prison.

If you were charged with embezzlement or another theft crime, do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. Our team has experience in every type of criminal case and will do everything in our power to defend you. Contact a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer today to learn more!


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