Most workers in this country dream of a day when they can retire from their job. As part of their dream, many people would love to have a luxurious home in an exotic location. Authorities in California apparently believe that one man used illegal funds to support his vacation home. As a result, the man now faces a charge of embezzlement in addition to a charge of misappropriation of public funds.
The 61-year-old man worked as a county contractor. Police claim that the man purchased materials for county projects from a company he managed. Allegedly, he would then significantly mark up the purchases. This activity is believed to have taken place from 2008-2012 and resulted in overbilling the county approximately $130,000.
Additionally, he is accused of embezzling approximately $440,000 during a period of time that ranged from 2007-2011 from a company he managed. Officials claim that he used a company credit card for improvements on his Hawaiian vacation home. He also faces several additional charges, including a white collar crime enhancement. If found guilty of the charges against him, he could be sentenced to 11 years in prison.
At this time, it is unclear what led officials to suspect the man of embezzlement and other crimes several years after they were believed to have been committed. However, those facing criminal charges have a number of important legal rights in order to ensure they receive a fair trial. An experienced attorney in California can focus on ensuring that these rights are upheld throughout the criminal process while pursuing the best possible outcome for the defendant.
Source: The Orange County Register, “Orange County contractor charged with embezzlement, misappropriation of funds“, Kelly Puente, Nov. 4, 2014