Cincinnati, Ohio Embezzlement Attorneys
Embezzlement involves the theft of company funds through accounting fraud, unauthorized withdrawals from corporate bank accounts, or the unlawful diversion of profits or retirement money for one's personal enrichment. As a result, investigators audit and monitor a suspect's taxes, bank accounts, and financial transactions in order to identify sudden unexplained increases in personal assets often associated with embezzlement and fraud. However, even if investigators identify suspicious financial transactions or unexplained patterns of asset transfers, they still must prove that you acted with criminal intent. At the criminal defense law office of Rittgers & Rittgers, we frequently consult private investigators, computer experts, and forensic accountants if necessary in defending people accused of embezzlement and white collar crimes.
Regardless of whether you're under investigation or have already been charged with embezzlement, contact criminal defense lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case and protect your rights.
What Embezzlement Involves - What the Prosecution must Prove
Embezzlement isn't simply a matter of an employee stealing company funds; rather, it involves the intentional misappropriation of company assets for personal gain. In order to prove that embezzlement took place, the prosecution must establish the following:
- The defendant had a fiduciary responsibility towards the alleged victim
- The defendant was able to fraudulently obtain the funds in question through his or her position as an employee in a company
- The defendant acted with criminal intent in knowingly and intentionally defrauding the alleged victim of the money taken
- The money taken was obtained through fraud, misappropriation of funds, misuse of corporate accounts, or unauthorized withdrawals of company money
Challenging Allegations of Embezzlement and Fraud
In small and medium-sized companies, it's not unusual for disputes to arise between business partners or the owner of a company and management level employees. As a result, what may be a dispute between business partners regarding unpaid sales commission, accounts receivable, or reimbursements of company funds from personal bank accounts may look like embezzlement at first glance. However, when other financial information and verbal agreements are brought to light, what investigators thought was embezzlement may turn out to be little more than an internal disagreement within a company.
Our attorneys may be able to pre-empt an investigation by answering questions and reassuring investigators that it is an internal matter within a company.
Contact Cincinnati, Ohio Embezzlement Attorneys
It's important to begin the process of protecting your rights if you are under investigation for embezzlement or fraud. Our criminal defense attorneys can review your case and begin the process of asserting your rights so investigators don't leap to conclusions without any hard evidence to support their suspicions. To schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case, contact white collar crime defense attorneys at Rittgers & Rittgers today.