Can I get embezzlement charges?

I was fired for using company rebate cards and coupons. The majority of the office staff was doing this but there was only proof of me doing so. They said they were going to charge me with embezzlement can they do this?

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Montana


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is possible that you could be charged with embezzlement.  Embezzlement is the fraudulent appropriation of money or property to which you had been entrusted.  Embezzlement is the fraudulent appropriation of property which you rightfully had in your possession.  Embezzlement is the fraudulent appropriation of property which was in your possession due to your employment.

As an employee, you were rightfully in possession of the coupons and rebate cards, but when you appropriated those items for your own use, that constituted embezzlement.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.