What to do if I have been fired from a job for using company credit cards for personal expenses?

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What to do if I have been fired from a job for using company credit cards for personal expenses?

They are contacting me offering to let me make retribution but the total is almost $20,000 and I do not have that kind of money. They are threatening to turn the charges over to the credit card company or their insurance if I do not pay. What can I be charged with and should I be discussing this with the company without an attorney?

Asked on April 10, 2013 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Using a company card for personal expenses without authorization or against policy is a form of theft (called conversion). If $20,000 is in issue, it was a rather serious felony--you could, if this goes to the police, be potentially looking at up to several years in jail. Do not discuss this with the company--or with anyone--without an attorney. Your goal should be work out a payment plan which--even if it hurts--you can make.


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