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Are there different white-collar “thefts”?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | White Collar Crimes

Someone indicted for a felony may realize the charges are serious, but the person may feel confused about the specifics of a particular charge. Anyone accused of taking money without permission could face various charges based on the alleged crime’s specifics. Why would one defendant face fraud charges in Oklahoma while someone else deals with theft or embezzlement charges? Circumstances and actions dictate what charges end up being filed.

Different charges for different crimes

A white-collar crime could involve taking money from the rightful owner without permission. A worker who steals money from the cash register might face theft charges. Theft involves taking someone else’s property with no intention of ever returning it. Theft charges could be felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the amount stolen.

Embezzlement involves taking money but in a manner different from theft. One type of embezzlement occurs when someone involved in a business takes company money for personal use. An employer who transfers money from a company’s account to his or her personal checking account could be guilty of embezzlement. The process may involve consistently transferring small amounts, and the dollar figure might eventually become substantial.

Fraud focuses on using deception to procure money from others. A seller that accepts money with no intention of sending a product could be guilty of fraud.

Accusations of theft and property crimes

Anyone accused of theft, fraud, or embezzlement may face serious charges. A conviction might result in prison time and a permanent criminal record. Mounting a viable defense could address a defendant’s particular case.

A plea bargain agreement might be the right approach for someone unwilling to take chances in court. Others may challenge the evidence, as anything procured by entrapment, for example, could be inadmissible.

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