When times are difficult, as they are these days, some people in Michigan and elsewhere might take steps they would not have taken had they not been so desperate. In one such case in another state, a 40-year-old woman was recently charged in federal court with committing white collar crimes. She is accused of embezzling over $311,000 from a child development center where she worked.
According to law enforcement authorities, she was indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud. Reportedly, she was an executive director in the child development center’s accounting department. She stands accused of using her position to misappropriate funds meant for the account of her employer.
Allegedly, she withdrew cash from the petty cash account for personal use instead of depositing it into the company’s primary operating account. She purportedly altered bank statements and reconciliation spreadsheets to hide the funds she withdrew for her own enrichment. Also, she allegedly misused the debit cards of the development center to make personal purchases.
If convicted, each of the 10 counts on the indictment could have her face 20 years in a federal penitentiary. Anyone in Michigan accused of white collar crimes charges will likely know that the best person to navigate the complicated legal process is an experienced criminal defense attorney. Assessing the charges and the evidence is crucial, and it typically requires careful preparation of the defense strategy. This could involve contesting the charges in court and/or negotiating a plea arrangement with prosecutors in exchange for favorable sentencing considerations.