Establishing a Case for Embezzlement
Being convicted of embezzlement, in a court of law, is contingent on several things. First, the prosecution needs to demonstrate a fiduciary relationship between the accused and the person, party, or entity who lost or misused the property or funds. It must be proven the property or monies came into the defendant’s possession via a fiduciary relationship. It must then be proven the defendant fraudulently assumed ownership of the property and intentionally misused the property.
Signs of Embezzlement
As it is not uncommon for employees to have full access and liberties regarding company property, it can be very easy for them to embezzle said property. Common signs of embezzlement, or employee theft, are inaccurate accounting records. These records will usually have inexplicable gaps in the records. Missing petty cash, multiple or duplicate payments, unbalanced accounts payable and accounts receivable, or missing financial documents are also signs of possible embezzlement.
It is not uncommon for the prosecution to focus heavily on such items if your case goes to trial. A skilled, experienced, tenacious Edmonton embezzlement defense lawyer can help you develop a strategic defense in an attempt to protect your rights.
Being charged with embezzlement, money laundering, misappropriation of funds, or any other white collar crime may have severe lifelong consequences – on both your personal and professional life. If convicted, your freedom, your rights, your financial status, your employability are all affected.
The Edmonton, Alberta, white collar crimes defense lawyers at Slaferek Callihoo proudly serve those accused of white collar crimes throughout the Edmonton area, including but not limited to: Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Bon Accord, Bruderheim, Calmar, Devon, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville, Redwater, Stony Plain, Strathcona County, Leduc County, Parkland County, and Sturgeon County