An Orange County man pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement charges after admitting that he had stolen more than $1.4 million from his Los Angeles-based employer. Peter Suk Lee admitted that he stole the money while working as the controller for Contempo, Inc., a fashion importer. Beginning in August 2014, Lee admitted writing company checks to himself, and deposited the money in a stock trading account, and at casinos. He also admitted to embezzling funds from a Placentia, CA company.

At the time of his arrest for the Contempo embezzlement, Lee was also on bail after being charged with the theft of more than $2.5 million in funds from Glovis America, an Irvine logistics company where he once worked. Lee faces up to 90 years in prison on all charges. He will be sentenced August 18.

An uncompromising embezzlement attorney

If you’ve been arrested for fraud of any type, embezzlement, or theft, you need the assistance of a competent criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend specializes exclusively in criminal defense and takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.

Embezzlement can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances of your case. A felony charge doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be sentenced to prison. The victim really wants restitution, and often, the only way to get to that resolution is to allow the defendant to continue working. While alternative sentences are an option the prosecutor can turn to, you need an experienced embezzlement attorney to help you achieve that.

Most people don’t start out with a plan to embezzle money or property from their employers, but it sometimes happens. Many people take funds with every intention of putting it back before anyone notices that something is wrong. Often, they don’t even know how much they’ve taken.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine the best possible defense strategy, including whether or not negotiating with the prosecutor is likely to be successful or if going to trial is more promising. The sooner you bring an experienced embezzlement attorney into the matter, the more likely you are to achieve a better overall result.

And as always, if you’ve been charged with a crime, you still have rights under the Constitution. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is the best way to ensure that you maintain your rights throughout the judicial process. Don’t wait to bring an attorney in, and don’t try to defend yourself. The stakes are too high, and the loss of your freedom could be devastating.

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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Embezzlement suspect pleads guilty
Embezzlement suspect pleads guilty

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