One of the founding principles of the American criminal justice system is that one is considered to be innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that may not always hold true in terms of perception. When one is arrested for a crime in New York (especially one that is as high-profile and financially significant as embezzlement), it may be common to assume that they are guilty. This can be particularly troublesome in that if and when a case goes to trial, such assumptions might make it seem as though the decision regarding a defendant's fate has already been made.
There are many different types of white collar offenses that executives, employees and others find themselves accused of. However, charges related to embezzlement can be particularly concerning and may lead to very harsh consequences. Worse yet, some people are accused of embezzling money when they are completely innocent and these false accusations can completely shatter their life. If you are struggling with allegations of embezzlement even though the claims are baseless, you need to immediately protect your interests and look into your legal options.
When peoples' jobs require them to work with large amounts of money, they often have access to significant resources and power to move them around as designated by their superiors. However, improperly implemented protocols for monitoring functions, as well as a lack of transparency can be incredibly damaging to any New York firm if they have employees who are dishonest. Participation in financial crimes can wreak an extreme backlash of consequences that can ultimately destroy a firm's reputation and brand name in the most severe cases.
When one is accused of embezzlement in New York, many might automatically assign guilt to them based on the assumption that charges would not be made without sufficient evidence to support them. Yet the fact is that an alleged embezzlement offense (or any financial crime, for that matter) might have several layers to it that might skew the lines between simple judgment errors to gross misconduct. It is for this reason that those accused of such crimes should not be viewed as culpable until all the facts pertaining to case have been revealed.
As someone working in New York, you've likely heard of pyramid schemes and Ponzi schemes before. Sometimes, they're lumped together. Other times, people call Ponzi schemes a "type" of pyramid scheme. But is that actually accurate? While these two types of schemes are similar in many ways, they also have a number of fundamental differences.
Most in New York hear the word "embezzlement" and picture someone relaxing on the deck of a lavish home in some tropic paradise that was completely paid for by the company's dime. At least that is the assumption that many had prior to coming to us here at Sapone & Petrillo, LLP after having been accused of embezzlement themselves. In theory, any misappropriation of company funds that is linked to you could qualify as embezzlement. How, then, are you to protect yourself from such a charge?
When people in New York hear or read stories about financial professionals being accused of illegally or unethically obtaining or using company funds, they may automatically assume the person is guilty or has little to no option to defend themselves. That is certainly untrue as the justice and legal system is set up to allow all defendants the right to prove their innocence. Sometimes, charges can come to be dropped in what may seem to some by unusual circumstances.
Many in New York may view the question of you being accused of criminal activity as one that is fairly cut-and-dry: either you did commit an offense, or you did not. However, such a simplification does not always apply (particularly in cases involving perceived "white collar crimes" such as embezzlement). Many come to us here at Sapone and Petrillo, LLP having been accused of such a crime wondering how they landed in such a situation. After all, if your actions in managing another's property were genuine, how can you then be accused of a crime of this magnitude?
The consequences of being charged with embezzlement may disrupt a person's life in many ways. Aside from steep financial penalties and time behind bars, someone facing these allegations may have their life turned upside down by many other problems as well. For example, they could find themselves out of work or they may be unable to secure a job in a particular field in the future because of these charges. If you have been accused of embezzlement, it is important to defend yourself properly in order to protect your professional reputation. Unfortunately, even people who have been falsely accused of this offense have suffered irreparable damage to their career.
When New York residents want to invest their money, they typically trust financial professionals to guide them through the process. Sometimes, though, someone may embezzle money instead of investing it. It is important for people to recognize different kinds of investment fraud and understand how they can protect themselves.