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What does an Embezzlement Attorney do?

By A. Leverkuhn
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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An embezzlement attorney acts as a party to a criminal or civil case involving embezzlement, which includes certain kinds of monetary theft. According to legal definitions, embezzlement is “the illegal transfer of money,” often for personal use. Embezzlement attorneys are part of the way that the justice system treats embezzlement cases.

Generally, an embezzlement attorney tends to act as the defense for someone who is accused of embezzling money, as opposed to a “prosecuting embezzlement lawyer” who is often simply called a “prosecutor.” A defendant may look for an embezzlement attorney in an embezzlement case, as these legal professionals tend to have a specific experience in defending individuals charged with these kinds of crimes. As many lawyers these days specialize, a financial lawyer with a background in representing defenses of fraud or theft allegations may refer to themselves as an “embezzlement attorney.”

As a legal professional, an embezzlement lawyer or attorney may defend clients in many different kinds of embezzlement cases. Common types of embezzlement cases range from “small claims” from employees or others removing small physical amounts of money from a till or other secured area, to large embezzlement cases where a much higher sum of money was illegally transferred electronically. That makes embezzlement attorneys versatile in their capacity to represent defendants.

In larger embezzlement cases, an embezzlement attorney might even represent business leadership responsible for some more complex kinds of embezzlement. As some current legal battles involve Corporation shareholders against CFO and CEO defendants, more of what an embezzlement attorney does is being focused on the need for transparent accounting in big business, and auditing for commercial or corporate accounts and enterprises. Some of the most high-profile corporate cases in past years could qualify as “embezzlement cases,” and examining these kinds of situations can provide insight into what an embezzlement lawyer or attorney may face.

Along with the above types of cases, an embezzlement attorney may also defend a client charged with credit card fraud, or similar crimes, where again, a large amount of money was moved in a more abstract way. Some cases can also revolve around fraudulent investment brokers who simply take money from investors and create false accounts, sometimes never meaning to pay the original investors back. These types of business operations often result in cases where an embezzlement attorney might help evaluate what kind of crime was done.

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Discussion Comments
By Markerrag — On Apr 30, 2014

Keep in mind that a good embezzlement attorney will often work in tandem with an accountant. That is because attorneys are often called on to be experts in many things, and the accounting tricks used by corporate embezzlers can be complex. As accountant that is a specialist on how to spot such tricks is an invaluable expert to embezzlement attorneys who both prosecute and defend in those cases.

By Terrificli — On Apr 29, 2014

What does an embezzlement attorney do? He steals from his own clients!

Settle down -- that's a joke.

Seriously, a company that suspects its employees are embezzling from them would do well to hire an embezzlement defense attorney as a consultant. Why? An accomplished embezzlement attorney has seen all the tricks ranging from bogus accounting procedures to the way employees access money and can advise companies on how to identify the weaknesses that allow workers to grab money and make off with it.

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