Criminal charges can change an accused individual's life forever. In a Pennsylvania community, just a couple of hours south of the Carbondale area, a woman is facing charges she embezzled public funds. The 36-year-old woman is accused of embezzling over $200,000 from local taxpayers. She is facing six counts, including theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
According to authorities, the investigation began last year when they were tipped off by the woman's supervisor. Cash receipts for tax payments from residents were allegedly found in the woman's desk drawer. The supervisor compared computer records of tax payments, and reported to authorities that the amounts noted on the receipts allegedly found in the woman's desk drawer had not been posted in the electronic computer system.
The woman has been working for the township for 15 years. She allegedly paid her rent, tuition for her children and credit card bills with the money and reported spent some of it on drugs.
When an accused individual has been charged with embezzlement, theft or other white collar crimes, it is important for them to understand how to form a strong criminal defense response, which is unique to every situation, but may include challenging the evidence against the accused individual, how it was obtained or the alleged facts and witness statements being used against the accused individual.
An accused individual can be denied their freedom based on criminal charges, which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with their legal options and rights and to begin developing a plan to respond to the charges promptly. A lot is on the line, including when theft or embezzlement has been alleged, so accused individuals should be prepared with how to respond.