Fighting Embezzlement, Theft And Employee Fraud Charges
William Mauzy, Attorney at Law, provides individuals facing embezzlement and theft charges with a skilled defense in Minnesota state and federal courts. When you need aggressive theft defense, contact William Mauzy. He is board-certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Call the firm’s Minneapolis office to set up your free initial consultation at 612-504-5533.
Understanding Embezzlement Accusations
Embezzlement is one of the most commonly charged white collar crimes, but it carries serious consequences. Depending on the value of the money or assets that allegedly have been embezzled, someone accused of embezzlement could face penalties ranging from a $1,000 fine for a misdemeanor to extensive fines and a significant prison sentence for a felony.
Embezzlement essentially involves wrongfully taking funds from an employer, family trust or another source of money that a suspect controls but does not have the right to spend for his own personal benefit. In state court, embezzlement is usually prosecuted under Minnesota theft or theft by swindle statutes. In federal court, it is often prosecuted as either mail or wire fraud.
Understanding Theft Charges
Many varieties of conduct are prosecuted as thefts, particularly in state court. Theft may occur anytime a person takes the property of another person without that person’s consent and with an intent to deprive the owner permanently of the property. Obtaining property or services by means of a false representation such as the issuance of a check that is not backed by sufficient funds, can be prosecuted as theft.
Sometimes theft is charged as theft by swindle, which requires proof that the defendant obtained money, property or services from another person by means of a scheme that defrauds that person.
An employee may be prosecuted for theft if he intends to defraud his employer by submitting false claims for reimbursement for expenses incurred or diverts to his own use payments that were intended for the company.
Criminal defense lawyer William Mauzy has more than 30 years of experience and has successfully tried more than 100 cases. He has the skill to handle the complexities of white collar defense and works diligently to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients.
The Investigation Stage Is Key
Many individuals find themselves falsely accused of embezzlement when they may have had the authorization to use the funds and sometimes employment disputes degenerate into a referral by one side to law enforcement.
With so many issues to explore in these cases, they can be won or lost at the investigation phase. William Mauzy conducts thorough investigations into the allegations against his clients and fully explores all available legal avenues in order to achieve a reduction in charges or acquittal at trial.
A Criminal Conviction In Minneapolis Can Cause Long-Term Problems, So Take Action
A professional response to an embezzlement or theft allegation is essential because a conviction for embezzlement will harm your employment prospects, hurting your livelihood for years to come. The collateral employment consequences of such convictions can be as harmful as the jail sentence imposed.