Embezzlement is a crime involving a person who is entrusted with property or money of another and then converts to his or her own use. To put that in plainer English, it typically occurs when a person works for a company and takes money, often from a cash drawer, or property, (gift cards and the like) and then keeps it for him or herself. Very often these cases are hard to prove. The person who is accused does not work there anymore. The alleged embezzlement may or may not be part of the reason for their termination and it is hard to trace the money. Many businesses have terrible accounting and bookkeeping. Also, rarely does the accused person actually have the money or property in their possession. Even if the money or property was taken, it is long gone.