Employee of homeless charity embezzles thousands from the organization

A woman, who embezzled thousands from a homeless charity in South Carolina, was recently sentenced to several years in prison.

Recently, a woman in South Carolina who worked at one of the largest homeless charities in the state pleaded guilty to breach of trust after stealing hundreds of thousands from the organization, states News 2. To embezzle these funds, the woman wrote hundreds of checks to vendors and suppliers that worked with the organization, put her bank account number on them and transferred the money to accounts she had control over using wireless communication. As a result, the woman was sentenced to three years of supervised release and four years of prison time.

Penalties for this crime vary

According to Cornell University Law School, embezzlement, referred to as breach of trust in South Carolina, is a criminal action that occurs when a person steals property or funds they were entrusted with and is usually associated with the misappropriation of money.

In South Carolina, the consequences those who embezzle funds face depend on the amount of money or the worth of the property they stole. According to the South Carolina Legislature, a person who commits the crime of breach of trust and unlawfully takes more than $10,000 in money or property will be required to spend up to 10 years in prison and pay a fine. If the amount of money or property embezzled is less than $10,000, the person will have to spend no more than five years in prison and pay a fine.

Additionally, any person in the state who is convicted of this crime cannot hold any governmental office. However, if the person pays back the amount of embezzled funds they stole in full and any interest owed, the General Assembly can vote to restore this privilege.

Embezzlement can also be a federal crime

While those who are believed to be guilty of embezzling often only face charges on the state level, there are some situations where the crime may be prosecuted on the federal level. For example, according to Cornell University Law School, any person that fraudulently transfers money or property through wireless, radio or television communication may be required to:

  • Spend up to 20 years in prison

  • Pay a fine

  • Both spend time in prison and pay a fine

However, if the embezzlement is committed in connection with a presidentially declared natural disaster or emergency, the crime carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years and a fine of no more than $1 million.

Regardless of whether the crime was committed using wireless communication or through another method, the penalties can be extremely severe. If you are facing charges for breach of trust or embezzling funds, consult with an attorney who can fight for your legal rights and provide you with guidance during this uncertain time.


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