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


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.

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