A former secretary for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers pleaded guilty to embezzlement. A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced the woman to probation and restitution in the case.
She pleaded guilty in January to improperly taking more than $34,000 from the union over a 14-month period. During that time, she collected dues and maintained membership records for union members. Prior to being sentenced, the woman repaid all but $4,800 to the union.
As part of her sentence, she received two years of probation and a requirement to make full restitution. She also agreed not to seek work with any union in any capacity for 13 years. Federal prosecutors recommended the two year probationary sentence, including six months of home detention. The judge declined to include home detention as part of the sentence.
Los Angeles embezzlement lawyer
This case demonstrates the importance of alternative sentencing in theft cases. When you face charges involving theft from your employer, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal courtroom defense experience and takes cases in any federal circuit. He also takes cases in California state courts in Southern California.
In some cases, a conviction is likely, or a client wishes to make a plea deal. An experienced attorney will use the opportunity to limit the impact of the plea on his client. Alternative sentencing can allow defendants to take actions that both restore the victim and repay their social debts. Especially in cases where the victim suffers monetary damages, alternative sentences offer the best possibility of full restitution.
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