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San Jose CA embezzlement lawyerEmbezzlement charges are a serious matter. Stealing from your employer and diverting funds into your own or even other accounts can leave you facing serious criminal penalties in California. If the amount you are accused of misappropriating is large enough or involves people and companies in other states or countries, it could also result in federal charges. Even the accusation of this type of crime can ruin your career and your reputation within the community, which is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to respond immediately to these charges. 

Former Tesla Employee Faces Heavy Jail Sentence 

A former San Jose man was indicted by a grand jury in November 2018 on charges he was part of a $9.3 million embezzlement scheme while working for car manufacturer Tesla’s Global Supply Management group. The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the 32-year-old man joined Tesla in 2013 as a purchasing specialist, rising to the level of group manager of the Global Supply Management and Industrialization team in 2017. He is accused of hatching a plan over the course of 2016 and 2017 to divert funds owed by a Taiwan-based auto parts supplier to a different company located in Germany. 

The man impersonated employees to direct funds from Hota Industrial Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Hota) to a different supplier, Schwabische Huttenwerke Automotive (SHW), whose relationship had previously been terminated. As part of the embezzlement scheme, the man is also accused of falsifying invoices and creating fraudulent accounts payable documents, which included bank account information and wire instructions. 

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Common Types of White Collar Crime in the United States

San Jose white collar crime defense lawyerNot all crime is violent - white collar crime is a crime that is typically carried out by business people or government officials and is characterized by its financial motivation. White collar crime usually involves some sort of deceit, lying, or violation of trust in order to gain financial or business incentives. Though it is not a violent crime, white collar crime is still damaging and can destroy businesses and cost people their life savings. Because of the seriousness of the crimes, white collar crime can be prosecuted at both the state and the federal level, which can have damaging consequences.

Embezzlement

This type of crime occurs when someone takes property that is entrusted to them, usually through the misappropriation of money. Typically, those who embezzle tend to take small amounts of money over a period of time to reduce the chance that they will get caught. Sometimes, people will take a large amount of money and then disappear.  

Corporate Fraud

There are many different types of fraud that fall under the category of white collar crime. Types of fraud include:

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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.

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