Embezzlement might not seem like it’s hurting anything or anyone when you’re doing it. Taking a small amount of money from a cash register each day and manipulating the data to show that nothing is missing is a good, simple example. The problem is that even if no one gets hurt, it’s still a crime.

When you do this, it’s called accounting embezzlement. While major embezzling usually occurs in employment and corporate fields, it can occur in other sectors.

To be held responsible for embezzlement, the prosecution has to show that there was a fiduciary relationship between the parties involved in the case. For example, if you embezzled funds from your employer, there was likely a fiduciary relationship there. You obtained the money through the relationship and transferred the money out of the employer’s ownership intentionally, giving him or her a case against you if he or she can show each of these things to the court.

Embezzlement can quickly become a problem in your life leading to felony charges. It is normally a Class B felony, although the case specifics may result in a different level of charges.

Your attorney can speak with you directly about your case and what you should do if you’re accused of embezzling funds. With the right help, it’s possible to defend yourself and work toward a lesser charge. It could even be possible to have the case dismissed in some instances. Our website has more information on embezzlement and what you can do if you’re being accused of stealing from your employer.