Fairfax Woman Sentenced To Over Four Years In Prison Over Embezzlement Charges
A Fairfax woman was recently sentenced to 56 months in prison for her role in an embezzlement scheme which defrauded a State Senator out of $653,000 and totaled over $1.4 million in loses. The defendant was further ordered to pay back restitution totaling $1,429,599 from three separate embezzlement schemes, including that which involved the State Senator.
The defendant’s crimes spanned many months between 2014 and 2015 and included multiple offenses, one of which operated through a pair of sham companies that stole $368,400 through such maneuvers as wire fraud and fraudulent checks.
The second, and most lucrative for the offender, fleeced the campaign of State Senator Richard Saslaw while she acted as treasurer for his election campaign. The defendant directed a total of 73 unauthorized checks made out to interests she and her co-conspirator controlled without permission of the State Senator or his campaign.
The final scheme was perhaps the most callous as it involved soliciting donations for a fraudulent charity purported to aid local community colleges for programs geared towards intellectual disabilities. The defendant and her co-conspirator in the case used the funds to pay for their mortgages, personal expenses, and even vacations.
Virginia embezzlement laws
Under Virginia law, embezzlement is a type of larceny. Virginia Code § 18.2-111 holds any person who takes money entrusted to them is guilty of the crime of larceny. The law holds the perpetrator does not necessarily have to benefit him or herself to be guilty of the crime.
When embezzlement rises to the level of a felony (over $200) the penalties can be quite stiff. The maximum sentence may carry a jail term of up to 20 years, depending on the circumstances of the case and extent of the allegation.
Defenses to embezzlement charges
Individuals facing embezzlement charges in Virginia should understand these can be very complex cases and should strongly consider hiring a Virginia embezzlement attorney experienced with the nuances of the charges. Often times, charges may be brought against innocent persons caught up in another’s malfeasance.
In other circumstances, defendants may be inappropriately charged with criminal infractions as a means to collect a civil debt when these situations should be handled by non-criminal courts. While there is never usually an easy resolution to these types of cases, an experienced attorney can help defendants navigate these tumultuous circumstances and possibly negotiate with prosecutors or take the matter before a court and seek an acquittal.
Leesburg Embezzlement Attorneys
If you are facing embezzlement charges in Virginia, the experienced Leesburg embezzlement attorneys of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC may be able to help. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to analyze your case and examine any evidence of foul play against you.
While prosecutors may have enough evidence to secure an indictment, this evidence may fall apart on review or even be excluded from trials if not properly collected. Contact our office for a consultation about your case. Our Northern Virginia embezzlement attorneys serve clients throughout Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties.