What is my daughter looking at regarding an embezzlement charge?

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What is my daughter looking at regarding an embezzlement charge?

My daughter turned 18 about 7 months ago. She worked for a small mom and pop business. She is accused of embezzling $11,000 over the course of about 4 months. She is on video on at least one instance. With no criminal type background at all, what she may be looking at as this becomes a legal matter? The money she is accused of taking came out of a third party ATM machine that the employees of the store had access to inside the store.

Asked on May 13, 2017 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

North Carolina has the following penalties for embezzlement:
It can be either a federal crime or a state crime.
As a federal crime, if more than $1000 is embezzled, it is a federal felony punishable by a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.
If the amount embezzled is $1000 or less, it is a federal misdemeanor punishable by a $100,000 fine and up to 1 year in prison.
If prosecuted as a state crime, if $100,000 or more is embezzled, it is a Class C felony with a sentence of 58 to 73 months in prison.
If prosecuted as a state crime and less than $100,000 is embezzled, it is a Class H felony with a sentence of 5 to 6 months in prison or community punishment.
In addition to the prison sentence, NC requires restitution (paying back the amount embezzled).


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