New York Embezzlement
A New York Embezzlement Lawyer can explain the crime of Embezzlement involves wrongfully appropriating property or funds that were entrusted to an individual but owned by someone else. It is considered a form of theft, though it is quite different from Petit Larceny or grand larceny. The penalties of this crime can be substantial. If you have been charged with Embezzlement or other crime such as Grand Larceny, computer fraud, credit card fraud or other White Collar Crime, contact a highly experienced New York Criminal Lawyer for legal guidance right away.
Embezzlement is the fraudulent acquisition of property by someone that is in lawful possession of the property. Or in other words, it is taking property that was entrusted to you, but belonged to another party. This is referred to as fraudulent conversion. Conversion means taking ownership or using property that was entrusted to you for your own benefit, and using it in a manner that you know was not authorized.
In order to prove the crime of Embezzlement, the District Attorney will need to prove four facts:
- The property must have belonged to another;
- The property must have been converted to someone other than the accused;
- The accused must have been trusted by the owner of the property;
- The accused must have defrauded the owner.
This case often arises in the context of an employer-employee relationship. However, this crime can occur in other fiduciary relationships, where one party has access to another party’s assets, money or business interests. The District Attorney will look for evidence of altered records, or other White Collar Crimes that were committed to hid the Embezzlement.
The penalties involved for this crime will depend on the amount of property or money stolen, and can include prison, restitution and fines. However, with the help of a skilled New York Embezzlement Lawyer it may be possible to resolve the dispute through negotiations with the employer. Call a New York Embezzlement Lawyer from Elliot Adler, P.C for advice and guidance. When you come in, we will explain the charges against you, and answer the many questions you probably have. We will also provide you with a free consultation with your first visit. Call us today at 212.785.1300. We service clients in both Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, and Westchester County. In New York City, we have represent clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.