Embezzlement in Northern Virginia is the larceny of property that was entrusted to the defendant by virtue of the defendants employment, office or position. While the high profile embezzlement cases that more often take the public's eye can center around high ranking employees at an important white collar firm, embezzlement encompasses a much broader range of conduct. For example, an employee of Best Buy who steals a laptop from his work would be guilty of embezzlement.
Embezzlement is defined by Virginia Code 18.2-111:
If any person wrongfully and fraudulently use, dispose of, conceal or embezzle any money, bill, note, check, order, draft, bond, receipt, bill of lading or any other personal property, tangible or intangible, which he shall have received for another or for his employer, principal or bailor, or by virtue of his office, trust, or employment, or which shall have been entrusted or delivered to him by another or by any court, corporation or company, he shall be guilty of embezzlement. Proof of embezzlement shall be sufficient to sustain the charge of larceny. Any person convicted here under shall be deemed guilty of larceny and may be indicted as for larceny and upon conviction shall be punished as provided in § 18.2-95 or § 18.2-96.
The penalty for embezzlement varies depending upon the value of the good in question. So, if the embezzlement is of an amount less than $200 the defendant would be charged with a misdemeanor, if it is over $200 the embezzlement is charged as a felony. Aside from any punishment doled out by the court, embezzlement is one of the most damaging convictions for future employment for obvious reasons.
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