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What is the legal definition of embezzlement?

In the North Carolina General Statutes, the crime of embezzlement is referenced in Chapter 14, Article 18. In general, embezzlement refers to the theft or larceny of money, property or other assets by an individual in a position of responsibility or trust over said resources and usually takes place in corporate and other employment settings.

Former Charlotte mayor shows contrition at his sentencing

People who have led honest, productive lives can get caught up in white collar crimes. Sometimes, the potential for seemingly-easy money is hard to resist. Financial stresses can also lead people to make bad decisions. Some convince themselves that no one is really hurt by their actions.

What are the categories of white collar crime?

Do you know the types of crimes that are considered "white-collar" violations? In most situations, white collar crimes involve financial misdeeds that are often attributed to those with larger personal resources. However, this category of crime comprises a wide variety of violations for North Carolina defendants. Today, we learn more about the most common types of white collar crime.

North Carolina residents plead guilty to sweepstakes fraud

Two Greensboro, North Carolina, residents have pleaded guilty to federal allegations in connection with a fraudulent sweepstakes system in Costa Rica. The pair, a 39-year-old woman and her 41-year-old husband, were accused of white collar crimes after they allegedly established a sweepstakes program in Costa Rica. That program was reportedly designed to fraudulently solicit funds from U.S. residents, many of whom were elderly. In all, the couple is accused of making off with more than $840,000 because of the scheme.

North Carolina doctor pleads guilty to health care, tax fraud

A physician who reportedly hid millions of dollars in income from the federal government has officially pleaded guilty to tax evasion and health care fraud. The man, who had been an owner in North Carolina's Northcross Medical Center, will also pay more than $6 million in connection with a civil fraud case that accompanied the tax evasion and health care fraud allegations. The 55-year-old man will be paying the largest-ever settlement in the Western District of North Carolina for a single physician.

Former mortician gets diversion for white collar crimes

A North Carolina man who owned a local funeral home has pleaded guilty to charges that he embezzled money from his business. The 27-year-old man has already had his professional license revoked this year. He was officially charged in January with white collar crimes including obtaining property by false pretense and embezzlement.

North Carolina politician pleads guilty to white collar crime

The former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, has pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge in connection with allegations that he accepted bribes from federal agents. The man, Patrick Cannon, admitted to the white collar crimes on May 27. He will be sentenced on one count of honest service wire fraud, a charge that carries with it up to two decades in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.

Business executive accused of embezzlement of tax funds

The 61-year-old owner of a business in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, is facing felony tax charges after reportedly assisting a corporation with illegal financial moves. The man, who is a corporate officer with Butler Specialties, is facing allegations of white collar crimes including embezzlement of state and county property. Reports show that the defendant was arrested after an investigation conducted by the Department of Revenue's Criminal Investigations Section. He is being held on a $1 million bond, according to news reports, and he has already had his first courtroom appearance.

Jury adapts to rule changes during man's financial fraud trial

A North Carolina native has been convicted on charges of organized fraud during criminal proceedings in Florida. The man, age 65, was accused of defrauding investors in his company. He has been found guilty of allegations that he used corporate investments in his businesses to pay for personal expenses. The financial fraud allegations show that the man may have taken as much as $250,000 from two couples.

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