Anyone in Michigan who is accused of embezzlement will likely sense that obtaining legal counsel as soon as possible is crucial. A 41-year-old woman in another state is in such a predicament. She was recently indicted on 11 counts of white collar crimes by a federal grand jury. According to the indictment, the woman allegedly embezzled more than $116,000 from the company that employed her.
Court documents indicate that the defendant worked as an accountant and office manager for a solar energy equipment supplier from Oct. 2016 through April 2018. The federal indictment alleges that the woman’s embezzling ways started within her first month of employment with the company and continued throughout her years in that position. Further allegations state that the defendant used company credit cards for personal purchases of $47,665. She also issued herself several unauthorized checks, some of which were allegedly for fraudulent and illegal reimbursements as well as extra paychecks for herself, and some checks were cashed without authorization.
According to the federal indictment, the funds the woman embezzled were used to pay her attorney and to pay for restaurant bills and purchases at retail stores for herself and her pets. Some of the funds were allegedly spent on vehicles and even overdraft fees for the bank. The 11-count indictment includes money laundering and wire fraud. A money judgment for the total alleged embezzled amounted to $116,367, along with the forfeiture of any property or assets derived from the alleged embezzlement.
Having a Michigan attorney in his or her corner will be a significant asset for anyone who is accused of white collar crimes. It might be even better to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney even when a person suspects that an investigation is imminent. Such representation can protect the right of the defendant throughout the legal proceedings and work to obtain the most favorable outcome for the client.