Authorities announced that the state has taken control of a credit union whose 9,400 members were allegedly victimized by an area businessman. Authorities believe that the accused embezzled more than $20 million from the credit union while working as CFO for the Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union (CBCCU). Investigators claim that the accused made several deposits from credit union accounts to several of his personal accounts. These accusations were confirmed when the accused confessed to the embezzlement charges. The accused may face more charges related to the embezzlement while law enforcement continues investigating the case.
Embezzlement is a crime of opportunity which is committed by someone in a position of trust.
The recession has caused financial hardship for many Michigan residents in Flint and beyond. The decline of the stock market, the housing crisis, and high unemployment have affected many people as they were trying to fund their retirements and college educations. If you have been accused of embezzlement, this article will help you understand how Michigan law handles this crime.
Embezzlement occurs when an individual in a position to handle money take or misuses property or money from the party that entrusted the money to him or her. Embezzlement can happen on a small scale, such as a cashier failing to ring up items for family and friends, or on a large scale, such as an accountant stealing money from a corporation. Under Michigan law, embezzlement can be a felony or a misdemeanor charge. Factors which help determine whether it is a felony or misdemeanor include:
In Michigan, an embezzlement conviction is punished based on the value of the property stolen.
If you have been accused of embezzlement, then you should seek help from a criminal defense attorney at Nickola Law. We can review the facts of your case and develop a strategy to represent you. Contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation with our firm.
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