A 22-year-old woman was sentenced to 37 months of imprisonment by a Maryland federal judge for alleged embezzlement. She was also ordered to pay back $495,286 in claimed restitution.
It was charged that the woman while working for a labor union printed 300 checks to herself in the amount of $502,586. She purportedly attempted to cover this up by reporting the checks as donations to political candidates or as reimbursement for working expenses.
The woman's arrest is apparently a part of a concerted effort by the federal government to crack down on what are called financial crimes. An extremely broad coalition of federal authorities is focusing their efforts upon these alleged crimes. The Justice Department has filed more than 10,000 financial fraud cases over the past three years including a number that supposedly concern mortgage fraud.
The woman's sentence apparently came down following the woman's guilty plea. It's difficult to know what led up to this plea. Individuals charged with white collar and federal crimes will often make pleas because of the possibility that they will otherwise be facing a much longer sentence. Though this may be desirable in certain cases, it is still always a good idea to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine one's legal options. There are often circumstances where it is best to fight the charges rather than make any sort of agreement with federal or state prosecuting attorneys.
Here the woman charged was only 22-years old. Whether she was or was not guilty of what was charged we do wish that she can still get beyond these charges and make a better go of her life.
Source: Baynet.com, "Woman sentenced for embezzling from labor union," July 2, 2013