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Embezzlement Charges Snare School Official, Priest in San Jose

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San Jose embezzlement attorneys, embezzlement charges, embezzlement cases, embezzlement allegations, criminal defense lawyerEmbezzlement is often associated with corporate America, in which a greedy CEO or company officer absconds to a foreign country with profits or investor funds. However, criminal charges of embezzlement apply in any situation in which you are accused of stealing from an organization that has entrusted you with access to funds. Two recent cases in San Jose highlight the often surprising circumstances in which these crimes occur.

Recent Cases Involving Embezzlement in San Jose

San Jose has been the site of several high profile embezzlement cases that have made headlines across the state. The most recent involves a San Jose school board member who is accused of stealing money from bond measure funds. The NBC Bay Area affiliate reports that a long-time member of the Franklin-McKinley School District Board is accused of taking more than $30,000 that had been donated from contractors, developers, and architects in support of a school bond measure. He faces charges of grand theft, perjury, and violations of the Political Reform Act.

This incident follows on the heels of another high profile San Jose case—one involving a priest who was convicted of stealing more than $1.4 million in parishioner donations from the Vietnamese Catholic Center for the Diocese of San Jose. The Los Angeles Times reported that a 57-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison in October 2017 after being convicted of bank fraud and tax evasion. The criminal indictment indicates that as a priest, he was responsible for depositing donations. Instead of placing them in the appropriate church accounts, he instead deposited them into his personal accounts. The theft is alleged to have occurred over a period of years, and it was uncovered by an anonymous tip to authorities.

Potential Penalties for Embezzlement in California

In addition to the often irreparable damage to your personal and professional reputation that can result from allegations of embezzlement, you face potentially severe penalties under the California Penal Code. Depending on the amount of money alleged to have been stolen, it may be classified as either petty theft or grand theft larceny. Amounts over $950 are considered a ‘wobbler’ in California, meaning they could be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Moreover, penalties could include up to three years imprisonment in addition to penalties for any other charges you may face.

Contact Us Today for Help

If you are accused of embezzlement by an employer, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to immediately begin gathering evidence in your case. In addition to proving these claims are false or unfounded, your other option in terms of defending yourself could be to claim that it was a mistake and you lacked any criminal intent. Contact Jachimowicz Law Group and request a consultation with our skilled San Jose embezzlement attorneys so we can begin strategizing your best course of defense today.

Sources:

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Jose-School-Board-Member-Charged-With-Embezzling-Bond-Measure-Funds-464465913.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-nguyen-san-jose-20171005-story.html

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=503.&lawCode=PEN

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