Can I be criminally charged if I used my corporate card for personal expenses and am no longer with the company as of last week for an unrelated reason?

I was contacted today by the company’s legal counsel and was given a list of the card charges.

Asked on March 11, 2015 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you could be: you have no right to use a business card for personal expenses in the first place, and doubly so if you were no longer with the company. Those facts make what you did a form of theft, though if you are lucky and repay the money, the company may treat this as an honest, if unfortunate, error and elect to not press charges.


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 AttorneyPages.com 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.