A former LA City Council aide and lobbyist and his wife were acquitted of embezzlement charges earlier this spring. A jury acquitted Robert Katherman Jr., 69, and his wife, Marilyn, 67, of misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement.
Prosecutors claimed that the Kathermans, who were West Basin Municipal Water District board members, had directed district funds to a non-profit foundation intended for storm drain maintenance. District treasurer Ronald Smith then used the district funds for personal expenses. Smith pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges earlier this year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
A trusted embezzlement lawyer
Misappropriation convictions can result in a litany of problems for you after you’ve completed your sentence, so avoiding a conviction is your most desirable strategy. To avoid conviction, you’ll need the help of a lawyer who is both experienced and aggressive.
As a state offense, embezzlement is a form of grand theft. It can also be charged as a felony, or as a federal crime. This is a “workplace” crime, although you can be charged if you’ve been put in a position of financial trust while operating in a volunteer or non-paid capacity.
Following the completion of any jail/prison term and/or restitution, you may find it difficult – if not impossible – to find gainful employment in your chosen profession. You may also be required to forfeit any professional credentials or licensure required to work in your field. Moreso than incarceration, these losses can be devastating to your career. They may require you to retrain yourself at a time in your life when you should be preparing for retirement, or require you to take positions that pay significantly less than the career you initially prepared yourself for.
Don’t risk your freedom on an inexperienced criminal defense lawyer. Work only with the best, most attentive and most aggressive lawyer available.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County embezzlement case.
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