Larceny by Embezzlement

Larceny by embezzlement is prohibited by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 30. Larceny by embezzlement involves the following three elements, which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The defendant, in a position of trust, was entrusted with the property of another person or entity. In this element lies the distinction between common law larceny and embezzlement. Embezzlement involves an unlawful taking while in rightful possession, whereas larceny involves a trespassory taking.

  2. The defendant took, hid or converted the property without the consent of the owner.

  3. The defendant had the intent to deprive the owner of the property permanently.

The punishment for larceny by embezzlement depends upon whether the property was worth more than $250 or whether it was worth $250 or less. If the property’s value was more than $250, then a defendant is facing a felony punishable by up to 5 years in state prison, a fine that could reach $25,000, or up to 2 years’ jail time. If the property’s value was $250 or less, then this would be a misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of 1 year in jail or a fine of $300.

Massachusetts Theft Crimes Attorney

Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a Massachusetts criminal defense attorney who prides himself on the hard work that he puts into every case. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a serious felony, Attorney Wheeler has the skill set to obtain outstanding results. He has 30 years of experience in criminal defense, and with that comes extraordinary know-how. Over the course of his long career, Attorney Wheeler has reached success in countless theft crimes cases of all kinds. He will draw upon his expertise to provide advice and direction and, most importantly, to fight for you.

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If you have been charged with a Massachusetts theft crime, such as larceny by embezzlement, call the Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. at (617) 973 5858 for a free phone consultation. Attorney Wheeler also welcomes e-mails. Persons facing criminal accusations are under a great deal of stress. Speaking with a lawyer immediately can not only ease that worry, but it will also ensure that your rights are protected from start to finish. Therefore, Attorney Wheeler’s office accepts calls from clients, new and old, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.