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Embezzlement involves the act of stealing assets or properties that you were given the responsibility to handle. This could be stealing from your employer (employee theft) or exploiting and using insider knowledge for your personal gain.

Embezzlement is considered a serious charge that can lead to stiff penalties if you are convicted. For effective and aggressive defense against your felony embezzlement charges at the state or federal level, consult our Chicago embezzlement attorneys at Pissetzky Law LLC. Having a skilled attorney and criminal defense firm on your side could be the difference between a good case result and a bad one.

We can handle complex embezzlement felony charges, including:

  • Stealing funds directly from your employer
  • Using company funds to write checks
  • Hiding or misusing assets of a trust or of clients
  • Unethical use of funds by a public official

With embezzlement charges, your reputation can be tainted even if the charges are dropped. You will need a team of skilled Chicago embezzlement lawyers on your side to help you protect your future and reputation.

If you are facing charges for embezzlement, get defense from our Chicago embezzlement attorneys by contacting us today!

Embezzlement in Illinois

Typically, embezzlement in Illinois is charged under the state’s general theft statute. In other words, embezzlement is considered a form of theft. Therefore, embezzlement charges must establish that the alleged embezzler had a fiduciary relationship with the alleged victim; that the alleged embezzler used this relationship to acquire either tangible or intangible property; and that the alleged embezzler obtained the property, ownership of the property, or transferred the property to another person for the purpose of financial gain. Lastly, it must be shown that the embezzler acted intentionally and that any fiduciary gain was not accidental.

Penalties for Embezzlement in Illinois

In Illinois, the penalties for embezzlement largely depend on the value and type of property taken, as well as the victim of the alleged embezzlement.

The penalties for embezzlement in Illinois are as follows:

  • Value under $500; victim is not a person: Class A misdemeanor; penalties can include up to $2,500 in fines and less than 1 year in prison
  • Value under $500; victim is a person or value between $500-$1,000: Class 3 felony; penalties include fines up to $25,000 and/or 2-5 years in prison
  • Value between $10,000-$100,000: Class 2 felony; penalties can include fines up to $25,000 and/or 3-7 years in prison
  • Value between $100,000-$500,000: Class 1 felony; punishable by fines up to $25,000 and/or 4-15 years in prison
  • Value between $500,000-$1 million: Class 1 felony; penalties include ineligibility for probation, fines up to $25,000, and/or 4-15 years in prison
  • Value over $1 million: Class X felony; penalties can include fines up to $25,000 and/or 6-30 years in prison

Additionally, both fines and prison time may be increased if embezzlement is committed in a school, church, or place of worship or if it involved government property. Penalties may also be more severe for those with prior convictions for theft or related crimes. If you are charged with theft by deception of at least $5,000 and the victim is 60 years old or older, you could face Class 2 felony charges, punishable by fines up to $25,000 and/or 3-7 years in prison.

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