For many residents in White Plains, New York, white collar crimes may sound like inconsequential offenses, but in truth, the punishment for those convicted of such crimes can be quite severe. Embezzlement, fraud, larceny and theft are common offenses under the white collar crime umbrella. Accusations of these crimes often lead to felony charges, which can have more serious consequences compared to other criminal charges.

The advisor to Livingston Manor Central School’s class of 2015 has found herself accused of charges of this kind. The 46-year-old special education teacher is facing white collar crime charges after she allegedly embezzled school funds. According to the report, the funds, amounting to over $10,000, were meant for a class trip, yearbooks, the senior class’s photographs and gowns and caps for the graduating class.

The money was raised through fund raising activities and the teacher, who has been working for the district the past 16 years, allegedly siphoned off the money for her own personal gain. The teacher was charged with petty larceny, grand larceny and falsifying records. She was placed on administrative leave, but is still receiving her pay.

The district said it was seeking to recover the remaining amount of money. At last report, $3,700 had been recovered. The district has also hired an independent auditor to help with the investigation as well as establishing better controls to prevent further irregularities.

Criminal allegations, whether of white collar crimes or any other crime, can severely damage a White Plains resident’s reputation. In the case of this teacher, her lengthy service to the district will likely be tarnished because of the accusations. This is just one of the repercussions of facing charges of this nature. An accused will also have to deal with a blemished personal reputation. However, having a strong defense in court can help defend against these kinds of accusations and possibly can help clear a suspect’s name.

Source: Watershed Post, “Livingston Manor teacher arrested for embezzlement,” Lissa Harris, May 8, 2014