The former CEO of a realtor's association is back in the Summit County Jail, and is facing additional charges for allegedly embezzling funds from the non-profit in Breckenridge. She is facing many charges. Her situation is a perfect example of how quickly criminal charges can pile up when it comes to embezzlement in Denver, Adams, and Arapahoe County. Let's take a look at the charges she is facing, and learn how to protect your future if you are facing Theft and Forgery charges in Colorado.
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Forgery and Theft Charges Pile Up for Former CEO
With embezzling cases, there are many possible criminal charges.According to news reports, the former CEO is accused of stealing more than $400,000 from the association she led for almost 20 years. She stole the money by forging checks and making fund transfers without authorization. She is facing felony Theft charges (C.R.S. 18-4-401), as well as seven counts of Identity Theft – C.R.S. 18-5-902, seven counts of Criminal Impersonation – C.R.S. 18-5-113, and seven counts of Forgery – C.R.S. 18-5-102. As you can see, when a person embezzles money, there are many possible criminal charges the District Attorney can pursue.Criminal charges can pile up quickly.
What is Forgery in Colorado?
For the purposes of this blog, we'll take a closer look at the crime of Forgery in Douglas, Jefferson, and El Paso County. In a previous blog, we discussed the simple definition of Forgery. Let's take a look at that today:“Aperson commits forgery if they make, copy, or use a fraudulent or counterfeit document with the intent to deceive people.”
The actual statute is much more complicated and difficult to understand. But, all the jargon boils down to the use of a counterfeit document to deceive people in order to get money. The former CEO is facing a criminal complaint Forgery charges, because she forged the signature of one of the board of directors in order to deposit money into her own account.
Good People are Charged with Forgery in Colorado
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Good people make mistakes. The former CEO most likely began embezzling funds because she was strapped for funds. Then, once she got away with it once, it became easy to transfer money again and again. This often happens with employer theft; people grow comfortable once they don't get caught, and lie to themselves about the reality of what they're doing. Unfortunately, the law doesn't take into account whether or not you are a good person. This is why it's important to work with a skilled criminal defense lawyer if you are facing Forgery or Theft charges. You need an advocate in court who will fight to present your side of the story to the court, and get you the best possible outcome in your case. We often are able to work out favorable plea deals, or get cases dismissed altogether. Here at the O'Malley Law Office, we fight to win.
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