If someone stole money at different times, will they be charged separately for each incident orwill the entire sum be lumped together for a felony charge?

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If someone stole money at different times, will they be charged separately for each incident orwill the entire sum be lumped together for a felony charge?

My cousin has been fired from her job for theft. On 5 different occasions, she refunded herself $250 from the credit card machine at her job onto her personal debit card. Her former employer has not pressed charges as of yet, but if they choose to, what charges is she looking at? Will they charge each refund as a seperate charge or lump the total amount together?

Asked on October 27, 2010 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It really depends on how the prosecutor wants to charge it: as four separate and distinct transactions or as a continuous embezzlement scheme.  I would strongly suggest that your cousin seek help from an attorney as soon as she possibly can and that her attorney is one that is well respected and good at his or her craft.  If she is charged as one transaction rather than 4 it could be a much higher charge, as I am sure that you understand here.  Let the attorney do all the talking and negotiating in the matter.  She will have to pay restitution whatever happens so tell her to be prepared for that.  Good luck. 


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