In some cases the line between the legal and illegal use of company assets becomes blurred. A corporate culture of corruption is common in some of these cases. People who are accused of embezzlement often claim they did nothing different than what they observed company executives doing for years.
Many of these cases involve employees of the company that have been with the company for years and hold a position of trust.
Embezzlement involves the fraudulent taking of personal property by someone to whom it was entrusted usually through the misappropriation of money. Embezzlement can occur regardless of whether the defendant keeps the personal property or transfers it to a third party.
My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 18 years, I have defended people in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland who have been charged with embezzling their employers’ assets and funds.
What is Embezzlement in Maryland?
Embezzlement is the act of misappropriating your employer’s assets or funds. It is considered a type of fraud because it often involves theft by deception. The person accused of fraud uses his or her position within the company to convert company assets into personal assets.
Embezzlement often starts out with small sums of money, such as using an employer’s credit card to purchase personal items. It can quickly grow to large sums of money, however, if the embezzlement is not discovered. Because the dollar value of the alleged theft usually determines the potential sentence, you can end up facing a lengthy prison sentence if you are convicted.
One of our first steps in defending you against embezzlement charges is to demand the state’s evidence. Our defense team uses experts such as forensic accountants to analyze and neutralize the evidence against you. The state has to prove that your actions were fraudulent or constituted a misappropriation of company assets.
The sooner you contact our lawyers, the sooner we can begin an aggressive defense. Our goal is to raise enough doubt about the state’s case to avoid charges if possible. Even the accusation of embezzlement can be extremely damaging to your career and your reputation.
To protect your future, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, MD, who is focused on defending people accused of white collar crimes such as embezzlement and fraud.
Call 443-709-9999 to schedule an appointment to speak directly with Attorney James Crawford. Call 443-709-9999 today.