Chicago Embezzlement Defense Attorney
Embezzlement is a type of
white-collar crime that involves
theft by a person in a position of trust. Embezzlement usually occurs in an
employment setting. Embezzlement may be prosecuted as a state or
federal crime, depending on the amount of theft and the nature of the business.
Unlike other types of theft, embezzlement occurs only if the defendant
was entrusted to manage the property he or she is accused of stealing.
The property is usually monetary and is obtained through a wide range
of conduct. For example, taking small amounts of cash from the register
and skimming millions from client accounts are both examples of embezzlement.
Illinois Embezzlement Law
In Illinois, embezzlement charges may be brought under 720 ILCS 5/16-1.
Embezzlement occurs when:
The defendant is entrusted to manage property (usually monetary); and
The defendant acquires the property through his or her entrusted position; and
The defendant takes or transfers the property for personal gain; and
The defendant's actions are intentional and not merely an accident
Illinois Embezzlement Sentences
Embezzlement sentences in Illinois are based on the value of the property
stolen – the higher the value, the harsher the punishment. Additionally,
if the defendant stole from a school, from a place of worship, from a
person age 60 or older, or from the government, he or she will face enhanced
penalties under 720 ILCS 5/16-1(b).
Alternatives to Prison
A prison sentence may be avoided depending on the value of the property
stolen. Possible alternatives to incarceration include a sentence of probation,
paying restitution and fines, completing significant amounts of community
service, and receiving treatment for underlying issues where appropriate.
Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed embezzlement defense attorney in Chicago.
Call the lawyer at (888) 412-3741 for a
free case review.