Embezzlement is, no matter how complex or complicated the scam, a crime of theft. One major difference between embezzlement and other theft crimes is that embezzlement often deals with large amounts of money. It also is a crime that requires a lot more investigation. There are some prosecutor’s offices that have special divisions for embezzlement.
Most embezzlement cases begin when a company does a random audit or finds suspicious transactions that suggest criminal activity. The company will then confront the employee who they think might be guilty of this theft crime. We always tell our clients to never talk to police and to never talk to companies who are investigating this kind of crime. Even if you are innocent, you may give up evidence that will make you look guilty and thus more likely to face criminal charges.
The charges and penalties a person may face after being convicted of embezzlement in the state of Michigan will greatly depend upon the value of the property in question:
The statute of limitations for embezzlement charges in Michigan is 6 years, which means that the crime had to have been committed within 6 years of the defendant being charged. This limitation is put into place for both felony and misdemeanor embezzlement cases, however, under tolling provision, the statute does not run during a time when the defendant does not reside within the state.
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