Accusations of financial crimes can have detrimental effects on a person’s life. If a person is accused of stealing money from a company for which he or she works, that individual could be fired, face criminal charges for embezzlement and have a difficult time finding employment in the future. If a person faces this type of predicament, various options for handling it may be available.
One woman in California recently pleaded guilty after being taken into custody. The woman worked as a bookkeeper for a construction company, and in 2016, management for the company contacted authorities due to suspicion that the woman was embezzling funds. Management had allegedly discovered that the woman had written company checks to herself and forged the necessary signatures. The company later audited its finances and found that the woman purportedly embezzled nearly $60,000.
In 2016, the woman denied embezzling funds and offered explanations for various company checks made out to her. However, investigators found some of her explanations suspicious. It was unclear why the woman was only recently taken into custody, but she is now facing 51 counts of forgery and embezzlement. It was noted that she pleaded guilty to all counts and has a felony settlement conference later this month.
Though the woman pleaded guilty in this California embezzlement case, that does not have to be the outcome for others facing similar charges. Moreover, her attorney likely negotiated for favorable sentencing considerations in exchange for her guilty plea. It is important to go over available defense options and decide whether entering a not guilty or guilty plea could suit the circumstances. Gaining information and avoiding hasty decisions could help accused parties make sure they follow the path they find most agreeable.