White Collar Crime
Positions of authority may tempt some to misuse the company property or finances they have been entrusted with for personal use or financial gain. While common, embezzlement is a considered a serious crime under Alberta law and a conviction carries with it grave consequences. The penalties for embezzlement, fraud and money laundering convictions are determined based on the actual value or the misappropriated property or funds. If you are facing charges of embezzlement, speak to a qualified defence lawyer at Edmonton’s Haryett & Company today.
Establishing a Case for Embezzlement
Being convicted of embezzlement in a court of law is contingent upon several things happening. First and foremost the prosecution needs to demonstrate a fiduciary relationship between the accused and the person, party or entity who lost or misused the property or funds. At that point it must be proven the property or monies came into the defendant’s possession via that fiduciary relationship. The Crown must prove the defendant fraudulently assumed ownership of and intentionally misused the property. It is not uncommon for the prosecution may focus heavily on receipts, bills of sale and other financial documents that are missing or appear to have been doctored.
If convicted, your freedom, rights, financial status and employability will be impacted. A skilled, tenacious embezzlement defence lawyer can help you by crafting a strategic defence in an attempt to protect your rights.