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175 count indictment for Atlanta woman accused of embezzling

Theft can be of many types, not just entering someone's house and taking their possessions from them. Embezzlement is a type of theft where the alleged thief has been given possession of property or assets for the purposes of managing or monitoring it but then supposedly misappropriates the funds for their own personal and unlawful gain. Embezzlement most usually occurs in employment settings.

A Georgia woman has been accused of embezzling money from her employer and was indicted on 175 counts earlier this week. The counts include racketeering, theft and forgery.

According to the indictment, she began working at the company in 2001 and, in addition to her salary, was given a monthly car allowance. The indictment claims that she allegedly wrote herself unauthorized checks and even changed the bookkeeping records to hide these checks. The check amounts varied from $3,000 to $10,000, amounting to more than $645,750 over a number of years.

The supposed embezzlement went on until 2013, when the company started an internal investigation and arrested her afterwards. Though she made bail and has spent the last nine months free, she was arrested again after the indictment, which her legal representative thinks is unfair as the only thing that has changed in her case is that more charges have been added.

Criminal charges are serious, and when an indictment is issued, those Atlanta residents who are charged should be prepared to face a trial. Navigating the federal justice system can be tricky. Yet, an experienced defense attorney can help an accused individual not only defend himself or herself in a court of law, but also negotiate a deal that may best suits his or her circumstances, which may help avoid severe penalties.

Source: Examiner "Woman accused of embezzlement in Marietta; indicted on 175 counts," Leigh Egan, August 1, 2014

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