Embezzlement is one of the most common forms of white collar crime. It involves the misappropriation of money that a person was entrusted with. An embezzler comes into possession of the property lawfully but then illegally takes possession of it. The penalty for embezzlement frequently depends on the value of the property stolen. If convicted, defendants can be fined for the amount of money stolen or for the value of the property misappropriated. A conviction for embezzlement can also carry a prison sentence.

Recently, a Queens woman who is prominent in the community was indicted on criminal charges. She is accused of misappropriating funds from a non-profit group that she was involved with. Prosecutors with the Queens District Attorney’s Office allege that she embezzled over $50,000 from the account between 2007 and 2011, and they have charged her with the felonies of second and third-degree grand larceny. Should she be convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

In this particular case, since the defendant is a person who had a respectable position in the community and a prominent role in public life, her reputation has already been damaged. Still, the “court of public” opinion is not the same thing as a court of law, and it hasn’t yet been determined whether the allegations against her are true.

Just like every other person who is accused of a crime, she is entitled to a vigorous legal defense. If our readers in the New York metro area would like to learn more about criminal defense regarding embezzlement and other white collar crimes, then visiting our criminal defense page is bound to be helpful. Our firm often handles such cases.

Source: Queens Ledger, “Former Parks commissioner Estelle Cooper indicted for theft,” Kathleen Lees, July 19, 2012