There are many people in the United States who speak of the importance of family. Many families are tight-knit groups whose members are willing to do anything for their loved ones. Federal officials are now claiming that one California family even participated in an embezzlement scheme together. They now face a federal indictment involving 40 counts.

Federal officials claim that the four family members, a set of parents and their son and daughter, committed the suspected embezzlement over the course of eight years. The four accused are either current or former officials of the United Industrial and Service Workers of America Local 101, a union that represents a variety of small- and medium-sized businesses and workers. It is believed that the family embezzled union funds worth approximately $900,000.

Officials say that the embezzled money was used for a variety of different purposes, including to pay for a family member’s car and health insurance. It is unclear how the alleged activity was discovered. They have since been indicted on several different charges, including filing false reports to a government agency and conspiring to embezzle funds.

There are many questions left unanswered regarding the charges against these four people. Charges such as embezzlement are often complex and can have serious consequences. It will likely be helpful to seek the guidance of a California attorney who has experience with cases such as this and who is willing to fight aggressively on behalf of his or her clients. Such a person can ensure that those accused are treated fairly during the criminal process.

Source: pe.com, “COLTON: Family accused in union embezzlement“, Gail Wesson, Jan. 28, 2015