An employee went to one of our clients to collect a payment and told the client to make the check out to him instead of to the company, keeping the funds for himself instead of turning them in to accounting. Is this considered fraud, stealing, or embezzlement?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Embezzlement, because he was the company's agent and took company property that he had access to / control of due to his job. Depending on how much money was involved, it could be a misdemeanor (if under $1,000) or a felony (if $1,000 ore more).
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