If a person has been accused of a nonviolent federal crime such as fraud, then it may be possible for that person to be released from police custody pending the trial. However, the general stipulation for remaining free during that time period is that the defendant must not leave the state and not commit any crimes.
For many Pittsburgh-area residents, an addiction to gambling is every bit as insidious and life-consuming as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Gambling at local casinos and racetracks can cost addicts their jobs, homes or families as finding money to feed their sickness becomes their primary obsession. Many cases of embezzlement or other white collar crimes are due to a gambling addiction, as a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes.
Authorities are accusing the former manager of an Allegheny County sporting goods store of committing embezzlement against the store. Prosecutors claim that the man stole more than $100,000 over a five-year period. The defendant pleaded not guilty on Jan. 30 to the charges, which include several theft and embezzlement charges.
A former employee of a western Pennsylvania natural gas drilling company is accused of helping a company executive commit embezzlement. The defendant is also charged with tax fraud and mail fraud. Prosecutors claim the conspiracy went on for several years. If convicted of these white collar charges, the woman could face decades in prison.
Readers in Pittsburgh may be interested to hear about the arrest of a married couple in another state on suspicion of embezzling from the town they worked for. The spouses were arrested on Nov. 20 and accused of using thousands of dollars of municipal funds for personal purchases. Each suspect was released on $25,000 bail on the white collar charges.
The former priest of a rural Pennsylvania Catholic church was arrested on Nov. 1 on suspicion of embezzling nearly $385,000 from the church's accounts. Authorities claim the priest confessed to taking the money. The arrest came after police investigated the claims of white collar crime for more than a year.
Under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution, a person charged with a crime has the right to a speedy trial. The philosophy behind this rule is that the government should not be able to drag out a prosecution -- keeping the defendant locked up or held under the terms of bond -- indefinitely. In essence, prosecutors are supposed to "put up or shut up"; either present what evidence they have gathered to the court or drop the charges.
An Indiana County, Pennsylvania, man was arrested and charged with of embezzling close to $1 million from his employer, a drilling company. The white collar arrest came after the company's controller told police that the man had been having her write checks and create false invoices. The 51-year-old man was arrested on Feb. 13 and arraigned that same day on 29 counts of theft by unlawful taking and 29 counts of receiving stolen property.
A Pittsburgh-area woman will plead guilty to wire fraud in connection with federal charges that she embezzled perhaps millions of dollars from the car dealership at which she used to work. The woman admitted using the money to buy several houses, cars and luxury items such as jewelry, fine art and a mink coat.
A Catholic nun and former official at Iona College who pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school is a recovering gambling addict who is haunted by "childhood demons," her attorney said. The court sentenced the nun to repay part of the money, plus 2,000 hours of community service.