Embezzlement and Employee Theft in Florida

Embezzlement is one of the most common and well-known white-collar crimes. You often see it played out in movies and on television shows with high-level executives stealing millions of dollars from the companies that they work for.

Unlike most legal cases that are portrayed on the big screen, embezzlement is one that they generally get right. Embezzlement and employee theft are outlined under the general Florida Theft Statute § 812.014. With that in mind, embezzlement is the illegal appropriation of employer or company assets, resources, or funds for personal use.

Employee theft, while it is essentially the same as embezzlement, occurs in companies or business affairs where the alleged offender is a lower-level employee.

Attorney for Embezzlement or Employee Theft in Fort. Lauderdale, FL

There are many reasons why employees steal from their employers. Financial strain, hardship, and unexpected loss can cloud an individual's judgment and create bad character decisions. These are the times when having an experienced and understanding attorney will be crucial.

At Bacchus & Navarro Law Group our attorneys are experienced and dedicated professionals who will not only fight to get you the best possible result but who will counsel and guide individuals accused of crimes.

With offices located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse, our attorneys accept cases in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Collier County, and Hendry County in Florida.

For more information on how to defend criminal charges that were filed in Miami, LaBelle, West Palm Beach, or East Naples,  contact the attorneys at  Bacchus & Navarro Law Group.

Call (954) 500-5555 to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with one of our attorneys.


Broward County Embezzlement and Employee Theft Information Center


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Charges Embezzlement and Employee Theft

Embezzlement really gives life to the idea that theft crimes are "crimes of dishonesty." With embezzlement, there is a level of trust that is violated when an employee that has access to company resources, abuses that freedom.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Crime Statistics, nearly seventy-five percent (75%) of all employees steal from their employers at least once. Approximately fifty percent (50%) of employees steal from their employers multiple times.

In Florida, embezzlement or employee theft is charged as either grand theft or petit theft, depending on the value of the property stolen.  Some examples of embezzlement can include:

  • Money Laundering
  • Accounting errors
  • Schemes to defraud
  • Grand theft

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Penalties for Embezzlement in Florida

Grand theft may be charged as a first, second, or third-degree felony under Florida law. The value of the property embezzled or stolen will determine the level of the offense charged.

  • First Degree Felony Grand Theft - property valued at $100,000 or more;
  • Second Degree Felony Grand Theft - property valued between $20,000 and $100,000;
  • Third-degree Felony Grand Theft - property valued by at least $300 and up to $20,000.

Petit theft, on the other hand, is charged as a misdemeanor. Generally, if an employee is charged with petit theft, then the crime will more than likely be employee theft rather than embezzlement.

Other penalties for embezzlement or employee theft may include the following:

  • Restitution
  • Community Service
  • Prison Time
  • Fines and Fee Obligations
  • Probation

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Additional Resources

Fla. Stat. § 812.081 –Visit the Official Website of the Florida Senate for more information on embezzlement of, not just funds, but of trade secrets as well. Any appropriation of an employer's resources is a crime in Florida.


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Find a Lawyer for Embezzlement in Broward County, FL

Bacchus & Navarro Law Group represents clients charged with all types of theft throughout the Miami Metropolitan Area, including Collier County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Hendry County, and  Broward  County, Florida.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, specifically embezzlement, grand theft, or employee theft in Florida, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is known for aggressively fighting for the rights of criminal defendants.

For more information on how to defend criminal charges that were filed in West Palm Beach, East Naples, Miami, LaBelle, Florida, then contact the attorneys at  Bacchus & Navarro Law Group.

Call (954) 500-5555 to schedule an appointment to speak one-on-one with one of our attorneys.

This Article Was Last Updated Tuesday, June 6, 2017.


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