Embezzlement and Larceny by Employee
It seems that we are getting calls more and more frequently from people accused of embezzlement and shoplifting. One common thread in all of these calls is the process with which they come to us. I thought it would be helpful for anyone accused of Embezzlement or larceny by an employee to understand that process.
Typically, when someone is accused of Embezzlement or Larceny by Employee, the employer and/or the Human resources person will call that employee into the office and confront them about it. Many people do not understand that admitting to taking money or goods will harm them once the case is formally charged. Many employers will want the employee to make and/or sign a statement admitting what they have done. As soon as the interview and statement are done, the employer then fires the employee. If you are accused of committing an embezzlement or larceny by employee, you are likely to be fired if you make a statement or sign a statement. The statement(s) that you make will be turned over the law enforcement. You do not have to admit that you have done anything wrong. You should not lie about anything either.
When your case is formally charged your attorney has a much easier time dealing with your case without a signed confession. If you are being accused of any crime you should first speak with an attorney.
Under North Carolina State Law, the crime of embezzlement is a class H felony unless there was $100,000.00 of more taken. The Crime of Larceny by Employee is also a class H felony unless there was $100,000.00 or more taken. The Embezzlement and larceny by employee cases where $100,000.00 or more is taken are class C felonies.
In North Carolina a Class H felony carries a maximum prison sentence of up to 42 months in prison. A class C felony carries up to 231 months in prison.
If you or someone you know is being accused of embezzlement or Larceny by employee, please give Randall & Stump, PLLC a call at 980-237-4579 to speak with an attorney.