Accused of embezzling from an employer or clients?

Have you been accused of taking money or property from an employer or clients? Embezzling is a serious crime in Arkansas and elsewhere. If convicted for such a crime, the consequences can be quite severe.

The media often reports embezzling schemes. Some of them are big cases, some of them are small. All of them affect numerous people. As so many people can be hurt by this type of criminal activity, prosecuting attorneys are not going to treat these cases lightly.

Common types of embezzlement schemes

There are many types of embezzlement schemes, too many to list here really. Some of the most common include:

  • Falsifying records
  • Paying nonexistent employees
  • Taking and failing to return company equipment
  • Pocketing a large lump sum
  • Pocketing small amounts of cash over time
  • Transferring property into your own name or the name of a loved one

As previously stated, not all schemes are big. They could involve store clerks pocketing cash during their shifts or a tech support person taking computers or other equipment home with no intention of returning it. Of course, there are the big schemes that everyone has heard of — think Bernie Madoff. This scheme cost numerous people their life savings.

Elements of an embezzlement case

In order for a prosecuting attorney to obtain a conviction in an embezzlement case, he or she must show that certain elements exist in your case. There are four elements needed, these are:

  • Proof that you were in a position of trust
  • Proof that you acquired money or property while in that trusted position
  • Proof that property or money was actually taken
  • Proof that you had intent to take the money or property for your own personal gain

Proving that all four of these elements exist is not necessarily an easy job for prosecuting attorneys, which can prove beneficial for you.

Defend yourself

In Arkansas, the punishments for embezzling may include time behind bars and hefty fines, among others. Even if a court does not convict you, the accusations alone can be enough to destroy your personal and professional life. Thankfully, you have the right to defend yourself and fight to protect your freedom and your reputation. If facing criminal charges for embezzlement, the sooner you seek help and get to work on your case the better.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers Only Arkansan

    Since 1983

  • AV AV Preeminent tm Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Ratings

    For Over 25 years

  • The Best Lawyers In America

    Since 2005

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Past President 08-09 NACDL 1958

    ABA Journal Top
    100 Lawyer Blog

  • Rated By Super Lawyers TOP 50 Arkansas

    Since 2006

  • Norml Legal Committee Life Time Member

    Since 1987

Contact Our Office Now

Contact John Wesley Hall Today

You deserve to have a fighting chance in your legal matter. Contact John Wesley Hall in Little Rock at 501-371-9131. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

1202 Main Street | Suite 210 | Little Rock, AR 72202 | Phone: 501-371-9131 | Fax: 501-378-0888 | Little Rock Law Office Map