Theft from Employer/Embezzlement
Theft from an employer is taken very seriously. The prosecution in these cases often seeks a jail sentence. If you have been accused of stealing from your employer, please contact us straightaway. It is in your best interests to have a legal expert on your side.
Theft, embezzlement and fraud
In Canada, theft is divided into two separate offences – theft under $5,000 and theft over $5,000. If the offender has abused a position of trust, it is considered an ‘aggravating factor’. According to the law, this makes the offence much more serious.
As an employee, you hold a position of trust in relation to your employer. In other words, your employer trusts you not to steal from them. That is why if you are accused of theft from your employer, it is much more troubling than an ordinary theft charge.
Embezzlement is the financial misappropriation of funds belonging to the company and its shareholders. This might happen if you draw funds from the company account for your own personal use, without the authorisation of the shareholders. In Canada, embezzlement is an aggravated form of theft.
If deception is involved in the unlawful taking of the monies, you will likely also face charges of fraud.
Get early legal advice
Once an internal investigation begins, you must seek legal advice immediately. The lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall have the experience and knowledge to help you. There are various defence strategies for dealing with a charge once it has been laid.
If you are found guilty, you could face a jail sentence. Depending on the scope of the theft, this could be a lengthy term. The penalties are potentially severe, so legal representation is vital.
We can explore the possible defences open to you. It could be that your actions have been misinterpreted and your intention was not to steal from your employer. Or your actions may be completely out of character and be attributable to personal problems.
Using our legal expertise, we work hard to get you the best outcome possible. We have helped clients avoid a jail sentence, either securing a not guilty verdict or a Conditional Discharge on their behalf. We can help you too.
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For further information or for a free initial consultation, please contact our Vancouver law office.