Federal Embezzlement Charges and Penalties

Where the money comes from and who took the money can impact the nature of a federal embezzlement case. As far as where the money comes from, certainly we use the general term embezzlement because the money is coming from an entity or organization where the defendant is in a position to be able to have the right to have access to it but doesn’t have the right to take it for their own use. In that sense, embezzlement only exists if there’s that relationship there, so where the money comes from is important in that regard.

Who took the money is the same way. Obviously, it’s always important as to who took the money because that will be who is charged. But also an individual can be charged with theft or fraud if they aren’t the person who is actually in that agency or business, but working in concert with that person. In that instance, it will be a conspiracy, but they will be involved as well.

The key would be whoever is involved in taking and whoever is involved in ultimately receiving will be important as to who is going to be charged with the crime.

As far as the amount of money, that’s very important with financial crimes in the federal system. The penalty associated with the crime depends in large part on the amount of money involved. The more money or the higher the value of what was taken, then the harsher the punishment.

Penalties for Federal Embezzlement

Typically speaking, if it crosses a federal prosecutor’s desk, then you can expect it to be a felony matter in which could result in substantial fines and possible prison time.

Sentencing in Federal Embezzlement Cases in DC

As with all crimes in the federal system, there are specific facts about the case and about the defendant that can raise or lower the potential penalty involved with the financial crime. For theft or fraud in the embezzlement cases, the amount of money taken directly affects the possible punishment because the more money or the higher the value of what was taken could result in more prison time and higher fines. The involvement of other people if it was a scheme, not just one single person involved, can trigger higher penalties as well.

The fact that a person was in a position of trust in an embezzlement case is almost always situational. Abusing that position of trust to engage in a criminal activity, in and of itself, can be another factor that the court uses to enhance the penalty in your case if you’re convicted.

There are numerous other factors such as prior criminal history or whether or not the person was still on probation or supervised release for a previous offense. All those things can factor in to the judge’s decision on what the appropriate sentence should be in that case.