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A Florida woman has been accused of embezzling $190,000 from her employer. Police state that she was purportedly overpaying herself and also endorsing checks from the office in order “to make personal credit card payments.”  She is now charged with felony grand larceny.

Though the woman apparently works for a medical office, the specific location of the employer was not disclosed. Her employer apparently terminated the woman’s job after allegations were made that embezzlement had taken place.

We do need to keep in mind that an arrest is different from a conviction.  Though newspapers write stories up as if allegations actually occurred, it remains up to prosecutors and arresting officers to prove that a crime did take place.  Individuals charged of any crime still have the right to be considered innocent in the court of law until proven guilty.  Though police in this case stated that the following of a “paper trail” led to the arrest of this woman, evidence obtained needs to be reliable for this to result in a conviction.

Also, even if the woman was involved in a crime, we still do not know what her personal situation would be that would have led up to such an act.  When police state that the woman was using embezzled funds to pay off credit card payments, we don’t know how much in credit card payments the woman was required to make or whether she fully intended to pay her employer back.

Criminal defense attorneys will do what they can to tell the side of the story of an individual charged with a crime.  Though individuals are sometimes found guilty, attorneys can sometimes provide courts and prosecutors compelling reasons as to why a sentence should be reduced.

Source: KIVI TV, Sep. 17, 2013

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Andrew Moses

Andrew has been practicing criminal law his entire career. After graduating from law school he began working as an Assistant State Attorney prosecuting cases in Orange and Osceola Counties. During his time as an Assistant State Attorney, Andrew handled all types of cases ranging from misdemeanors to such serious felonies as drug trafficking and armed robbery. His experience as a prosecutor helped him gain perspective of the criminal justice system and how the government established its cases.

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