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Criminal Defense - Embezzlement

Embezzlement is a crime of property theft in Connecticut. This offense involves a person stealing money or property that was entrusted to them to manage or monitor. The difference between this offense and other theft offenses is that the defendant had access to the goods legally in order to monitor it for the owner. The defendant does not have ownership over this property, so taking it for their own gain is a crime of embezzlement. It is important to note that there must be a violation of a trusted position for embezzlement to be charged.

The most common example of this type of offense would be an employee at the bank taking money from a customer. Bank employees or tellers legally have access to manage money for customers, but handling that money is different than taking the money. If a bank employee takes money from a customer for their own gain, their action may constitute embezzlement. If you are facing embezzlement charges, seek help from a knowledgable Connecticut criminal attorney from Dolan Law Firm right away!

Penalties for Embezzlement Crimes in CT

The consequences for an embezzlement offense depend on the value of the money or property that was taken. The charges can range from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class B felony with varying penalties. The regulations for these penalties can be found in Connecticut General Statutes Title 53A, Penal Code § 53a. The breakdown of embezzlement charges in Connecticut include:

Class C Misdemeanor Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is $500 or less
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $500 and a jail sentence of up to 3 months

Class B Misdemeanor Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is between $500 and $1,000
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 6 months

Class A Misdemeanor Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is between $1,000 and $2,000
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and a jail sentence of up to 1 year

Class D Felony Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is between $2,000 and $10,000
  • If the taken property is a vehicle valued at $10,000 or less
  • If the taken property is a public record
  • If the taken property is a biological sample, scientific secret or some sort of invention
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison sentence between 1 and 5 years

Class C Felony Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is between $10,000 and $20,000
  • If the taken property is a vehicle with a value between $10,000 and $20,000
  • If the taken property is public property worth $2,000 or less
  • If the victim of the embezzlement crime was an elderly person (age 60 or older), a disabled person, or a blind person
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence between 1 and 10 years

Class B Felony Embezzlement Charges:

  • If the value of the taken property is more than $20,000
  • If the taken property is a vehicle valued above $20,000
  • If the taken property is public property worth over $2,000
  • Punishable by a fine of up to $15,000 and a prison sentence between 1 and 20 years

Obtain Representation from Dolan Law Firm

Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime with harsh penalties. You need to team up with an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney for help. Contact Dolan Law Firm today to schedule your free case evaluation with Attorney Dolan. Our criminal defense team will help you build a smart defense and fight hard against your charges.