Grand Rapids Embezzlement Lawyer
Embezzlement is the theft of funds or property by a person in a position of access, trust, and authority over those financial resources. This offense is basically the theft of what is owned by someone else and converted to the use of the embezzler through fraud or deception.
Because it often involves large amounts of funds, it requires substantially more investigation and thus is assigned to special prosecutors and their divisions.
If you are under investigation or have been arrested for the crime of embezzlement, you must take care to enlist a law firm that has significant experience in financial or white collar crimes. Your defense may be hidden in massive amounts of documentation that calls for an attorney who knows how to interpret and analyze such material.
Without this, your attorney will not have the ability to explain your defense to a jury. At Ryan Maesen, PLC, we can provide you with the knowledge and experience you need in defending a financial crime. Our seasoned trial lawyer understands the importance of thorough investigation and preparation of your case as well as an aggressive and compelling presence in court.
Accused of embezzlement in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Allegan County, or Ottawa County? Arrange for a free initial consultation with Attorney Ryan Maesen by calling (616) 201-3327 or via our online contact form.
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Embezzlement is a crime that has many different scenarios. This includes employees and managers of corporations embezzling from company funds, family members acting as caregivers embezzling from relatives, cashiers in stores embezzling from the cash register, and investors or others embezzling from clients. Cases usually begin with internal investigations by companies or outside firms after which the theft is reported.
Embezzlement in Michigan is punished based on the value or type of property taken. Penalties are increased where the alleged embezzler has been convicted previously.
Penalties break down as follows:
- Funds/property valued at less than $200: fines of up to $500 or three times the value of what was stolen and/or up to 93 days in jail. In the case of embezzlement from a nonprofit or charity, or with prior theft convictions, penalties are enhanced by fines up to $2,000 or three times the value of what was stolen and/or up to a year in jail.
- Funds/property valued between $200 and $999: fines of up to $2,000 or three times the value and/or up to a year in jail. These increase to fines of up to $10,000 or three times the value and/or up to five years in prison for thefts from nonprofits or charity or with prior convictions.
- Funds/property valued between $1,000 up to $19,999: fines of up to $10,000 or three times the value and/or up to five years in prison. These increase up to $15,000 in fines or three times the value and/or up to 10 years in prison if two or more prior convictions or theft was from a nonprofit or charity.
- Funds/property valued between $20,000 up to $49,999: fines of up to $15,000 or three times the value and/or up to 10 years in prison.
- Funds/property valued between $50,000 up to $99,999: fines of up to $25,000 or three times the value and/or up to 15 years in prison.
- Funds/property valued at $100,000 or more: fines of up to $50,000 or three times the value and/or up to 20 years in prison.
Being convicted of a financial crime has substantial consequences, including a permanent criminal record. A conviction can affect your ability to obtain future employment, professional licenses, and advanced educational opportunities. A reputation for theft and dishonesty may impact your life for years to come. You will need the legal support and experience of a proven attorney who can provide you with a well-prepared and aggressive defense.
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