Embezzlement, the Other Side of the Story

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Most people who get charged with grand theft for stealing from their employer did not start out with the intent of stealing. Often employees who have fallen upon hard times simply intended to borrow a few bucks for a short period of time and intended to pay it back. Many times a cashier, a bookkeeper, a salesman or another trusted employee will make a terrible mistake in judgment and pocket a small amount of money with the absolute intent to return it.
There are other instances where a person is falsely accused of stealing because a fellow employee who knows how to work the system has actually taken the money. These are the really sad cases because an arrest for a crime you did not commit will damage your reputation terribly. You can find your face on Mugshots and even if you get your case dismissed it will still be there. I have been handling employee theft and embezzlement cases for over thirty years. As a criminal defense attorney, if I am lucky enough to get into the case early, often restitution can be arranged before criminal charges are filed thus avoiding and arrest and criminal prosecution. Often the Employer feels betrayed if it was a trusted employee and the first step is to show remorse on behalf of the employee. We may be able to intervene in these cases and work out a situation to avoid and embarrassing arrest.
Hiring an attorney before you are arrested often can make a huge difference in resolving a bad situation. If we get in early enough we may be able to negotiate a payback plan that makes the employer whole and keeps a person out of the criminal justice system. If you have been fired and are under investigation for embezzlement, call today before it is too late to avoid criminal charges being files.
Sean O’Halloran: Ft. Myers 239-334-8890
Peter Aiken: Sarasota 941-366-3506
Andrew Banyai: Punta Gorda 239-639-6009