While people often associate criminal acts of theft with the use of weapons when conducting a robbery, fraud and embezzlement are white-collar crimes that are also classified as theft. People in a position of authority frequently find themselves accused of these crimes and sometimes the charges rise to the level of a federal crime. When facing these types of charges, it is crucial to have legal assistance.
A detective in the Butler D.A.'s office was arrested for embezzlement and fraud. He was indicted on 37 charges of embezzling from a health care program where his wife served as the COO. The investigators stated that more than $1 million was stolen by the couple. The hospital informed law enforcement of its suspicions after evidence was found in 2017. The government wants $1.2 million to be paid back and the couple's property to be confiscated to cover what was lost.
People accused of embezzlement and fraud need to understand that the penalties can be extensive, with jail time, fines and a negative perception in the community. When people are confronted with the potential of losing their home, vehicles and more in addition to the jail time and other consequences, their lives can be radically altered.
If you find yourself facing fraud or embezzlement charges, it is important to formulate a viable defense to possibly have the charges reduced or an acquittal obtained. An attorney who has defended people facing federal charges should be consulted to determine the next step toward a successful defense.