Phoenix Embezzlement Attorney
Proven Results for Dedicated Defense
Whether you're charged with
fraud, theft, or any other
white collar crime, embezzlement can have serious and long-lasting ramifications. In addition
to the stigma of a felony conviction, the loss of civil rights, and the
obligation of paying restitution, a conviction for an embezzlement related
offense in Arizona can carry substantial prison terms. Our skilled Phoenix
embezzlement lawyer shares what you need to know about white collar charges
and what it means to be charged of embezzlement.
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Where does embezzlement occur?
While embezzlement can occur in a small mom and pop business and a major
corporation alike, the reality is that most occur in small businesses
with the following characteristics:
- One person handling all finances
- No checks and balances
- The person writing the checks is the same person who receives monthly bills
or statements and then reconciles them, without having to report to others
In this type of situation where one person has been tasked with so much
responsibility, the absence of internal controls and oversight makes a
business vulnerable to be the victim of an embezzlement.
How does embezzlement most often occur?
As discussed above, when one person is left to perform so many financial
functions in a company without oversight, sometimes temptation gets the
best of them. People who have no history whatsoever of committing crimes,
let alone embezzlement, take money from their employers, usually in one
of the following ways:
- Writing unauthorized checks to themselves
- Writing checks to pay their personal bills
- Writing checks payable to cash
- Writing checks to fictitious third party vendors or family members
- Using the company credit card for their personal purchases
While this list is not exhaustive, these are some of the common ways people
commit the crime of embezzlement - at least based on my experience as
a former prosecutor who was assigned to the elite FBI Bank Fraud Task Force.
We Defend Clients Charged with White Collar Crimes
Some fraud and theft charges are filed in federal court and some are filed
in superior (state) court. Either way, with more than 20 years of experience
representing clients charged with serious felony offenses, we have the
experience and know how to make it right. We defend embezzlement charges
with a team that includes forensic accountants and experts to insure that
our client’s rights are protected. Oftentimes, this can include
making sure that business victims do not try and artificially inflate
the loss value to try and capitalize on the situation, to our clients'
If you or someone you love has been charged with, or is under investigation
for embezzlement or any other white collar crime, we can help. Our Phoenix
embezzlement attorney has extensive experience representing clients with
complicated charges. Don’t settle for an attorney that won’t
fight for you!
Contact Jason Lamm at (602) 663-9100 to set up a personal and confidential consultation.