Can I get into trouble for using a fuel card from my former workplace if I had a PIN and it still worked?

I quit my job.

Asked on August 19, 2014 under Criminal Law, Oklahoma


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you could  get in trouble: not only could the employer sue you to recover the money you spent on the card, but you could potentially be arrested, charged, and convicted  of a crime--theft. It is theft to take another's property to which you are not entitled, and once you left the employer's employment, you were no longer entitled to use the employer's funds for fuel, since you were only given that card because you were an employee. The fact that the card still worked is irrelevant: just as the fact that someone trusted you with a key to their house for emergencies does not let you rob their home, so does the fact that the card and PIN were still active not entitle you to take your employer's money when you were no longer an employee.

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