A former Lynwood city employee was charged with grand theft by embezzlement after he allegedly stole nearly $30,000 from the Lynwood Employees Association, a union of city employees. Eric Gonzalez was charged with four felony counts related to the theft. He served as the treasurer of the employee union between 2011 and 2012.
While serving as the treasurer, Gonzalez, who was employeed by the City of Lynwood as an engineering technician, allegedly made four withdrawals of union funds totaling nearly $28,000. The alleged theft was discovered after Gonzalez had vacated the treasurer’s position.
Hire an experienced embezzlement lawyer
Nothing is more unsettling than being accused of a workplace crime like embezzlement. Upon conviction, you could face jail time and fines. After release, you may find it impossible to find gainful employment in your field. If you’ve been accused of a workplace crime, including embezzlement, theft, forgery or computer fraud, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend is ready to help you build a successful criminal defense.
People who serve as treasurers are put in positions of financial trust. In these roles, they have special, enhanced responsibilities to their employers – or in this case, the union. When employers, auditors or board members discover improper actions related to the handling and management of finances, the law can impose severe penalties. Certain financial transactions arise from unintentional mismanagement or negligence, but can give the appearance of deliberate embezzlement. Mr. Helfend can assemble the financial forensic experts you’ll need to testify on your behalf to help the Court understand what may have actually happened.
Mr. Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense matters and has more than 30 years’ experience in defending clients in Southern California jurisdictions. He handles each matter personally, so when you hire the Law Offices of Robert M. Helfend, you work with Robert Helfend. He will not pass your case along to less experienced attorneys! When you’ve been accused of a serious workplace felony like embezzlement or fraud, your freedom and your family’s future is on the line. It only makes sense to work with an experienced, skillful criminal defense attorney throughout the judicial process.
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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