Embezzlement is the crime of stealing the funds or property of an employer, company or government or misappropriating money or assets held in trust. If you have been found to be concealing the company items, property, or finances that you have been entrusted with, you will be found guilty of embezzlement without the help of a veteran criminal lawyer.
Large scale embezzlement is typically undertaken by an employee holding a high-level financial position, such as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or a Financial Controller or accountant. If you were in a position of authority over the company’s finances and were caught or accused of using the funds you were entrusted with for personal use or personal gain you need to call Regina Criminal Lawyers immediately.
The criminal breach-of-trust is listed in the Criminal Code under section 336. The law reads, every one who, being a trustee for the use or benefit of another person, (or for a public or charitable purpose), converts, with intent to defraud and in contravention of their trust, using their privilege in a manner not authorized is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to fourteen years.
Penalties For Embezzlement in Saskatchewan
The punishment for theft as directed under section 334 of the Criminal Code dictates that every one who commits theft:
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 10-years, where the property stolen is a testamentary instrument (i.e Will) or the value of what is stolen exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- Is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term up to 2-years, or an offence punishable on summary conviction, where the value of what is stolen does not exceed five thousand dollars.
Defending Embezzlement Charges
All that is required by your employer to suspect and implicate you in embezzlement is to demonstrate a fiduciary relationship between you and the person, party, or entity who lost or misused the property or funds. Then to show that the property or monies came into your possession at some point in time. Any inaccurate accounting records may lead to the suspicion of embezzlement, which may then be investigated.
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Embezzlement is recognized under the criminal offences of breach of trust and theft. Without a criminal defense fluent in the legal process, you are at the mercy of the courts and your former employer. Prove you innocence. Contact the white collar crime lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers today.