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City billing clerk charged with embezzlement

City employees in Ohio are often trusted to handle significant amounts of money and ensure that the money is spent as intended. Using money intended for another purpose or for your own personal benefit is considered a form of embezzlement and can result in criminal charges.

Consultant accused of misappropriating funds from consumers

When an individual or company illegally and intentionally used funds of another party for their own use, they could be charged with misappropriation of funds. Misappropriating funds is a form of embezzlement, and you could face criminal charges in the state of Ohio. The severity of the penalties will depend on the amount of money involved and other circumstances surrounding the incident.

Pyramid and Ponzi schemes could lead to investment fraud charges

We've all heard of scammers using pyramid or Ponzi schemes as a way of taking advantage of hopeful, unsuspecting investors to get rich. What you may not know is that there are many laws in place in Ohio that prohibit these fraudulent activities.

What is embezzlement?

Taking money or property that doesn't belong to you and using it for your own gain, with no intent of giving it back, is generally considered a theft crime in the state of Ohio. Embezzlement is similar to other crimes of theft and/or larceny, but differs in that it typically occurs when one party has legal access to someone else's money or property for management purposes, but ends up illegally diverting funds or otherwise using the other party's money for themselves without permission. With other crimes of theft, the offending party generally does not have legal access to the other party's money or property.

The penalties for embezzlement can be steep and life changing

White collar crimes may not seem as serious as other criminal offenses; however, these crimes can carry significant penalties. State laws treat embezzlement differently, and in Ohio, the laws surrounding the penalties for embezzlement are within the laws about theft. Generally, a number of factors can affect the charges that one is facing and the penalties associated with it, including the type of property stolen and from whom it was stolen, as some victims can belong to a protected category, such as the elderly or disabled. Additionally, the value of the assets stolen and the person being accused's criminal history is also considered when these decisions are being made.

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