Embezzlement Lawyer Las Vegas

A Look at what Constitutes Embezzlement

In Nevada, embezzlement occurs whenever someone is entrusted with the money or property of another, and then uses that position for personal gain. In order to be considered embezzlement, the perpetrator must have legal access, but not ownership, of the property. It is considered a crime of moral turpitude because it violates a sacred trust between the victim and the actor.When deciding how to punish embezzlement, courts tend to look at the amount of money or property involved. Some of the common thresholds include:

  • Property valued at less than $650 is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
  • Property valued between $651 and $3,499 is punishable by between one to five years in jail and a fine of as much as $10,000
  • Property exceeding $3,500 in value can be punished by as much as ten years in prison and a fine of $10,000

To prove embezzlement, the state must show there was intent to defraud the owner of the property. A mere error in bookkeeping is not enough to satisfy this burden. Those who have been accused of embezzlement have lots to lose, which is why a call to the Potter Law Firm is highly recommended.