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Embezzlement and Employee Theft in Florida

There is no specific embezzlement or employee theft crime under Florida law. Embezzlement and employee theft fall under the general Florida Theft Statute § 812.014. Thus, these charges can range from a misdemeanor to felony based on the value of the property stolen and circumstances surrounding the crime.

Given that, embezzlement is the illegal appropriation of employer funds, assets, or resources for personal use. Embezzlement really hones in on the "crimes of dishonesty" stigma given to theft crimes in that with embezzlement there is a level of trust being violated when the employee that has access to resources that he or she would not have otherwise had access to and abuses them.

The fundamental difference between embezzlement and general employee theft is the level of control one has as an employee. Generally, embezzlement involves white-collar criminals, while employee theft involves stealing from smaller businesses.

Attorney for Embezzlement and Employee Theft in Gainesville, FL

Being charged with a crime of dishonesty such as embezzlement or employee theft can have serious supplemental consequences that extend far beyond the problems with being in a criminal justice system.


Embezzlement charges can affect your ability to get a job in the future or get professional licenses. If you or someone you know in Gainesville, Starke, Lake Butler, Palatka, Oscala, Bronson, Trenton, or any other city throughout the Gainesville Metropolitan Area, has been charged with embezzlement or employee theft, then contact the experienced attorneys of Galigani Law Firm.

The attorneys at Galigani Law Firm have years of experienced fighting for the rights of criminal defendants and are dedicated to providing the best possible defense.

With offices located at 317 NE 1st St, just minutes from the University of Florida campus, we represent clients throughout the Gainesville Metropolitan Area including the surrounding counties like Bradford County, Union County, Putnam County, Gilchrist County, Levy County, Columbia County, and Marion County, Florida.

Submit a free evaluation form or call (352) 375-0812 to speak one-on-one with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Charges for Embezzlement of a Trade Secret under Florida Statute § 812.081

Embezzlement also involves more than just the inappropriate use of money. In Florida, individuals can be charged with using their position or authority to appropriate trade secrets as well. Trade secrets are considered the formula, practice, or techniques that a company uses to manufacture its products. Under Florida Statute § 812.081, an individual who, with the intent to appropriate a trade secret to his or her own use or to the use of another, steals or embezzles an article representing a trade secret or without authority makes a copy representing a trade secret is guilty of a third-degree felony.

Third-degree felonies are punishable by up to five (5) years in prison and up to $5,000 fines.


Other Penalties for Embezzlement Charges

According to crime statistics from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, nearly seventy-five (75%) of all employees steal from their employers at least once and half of them steal from their employer repeatedly. 

Grand theft may be charged as a first, second, or third-degree felony depending on the value of the property. Contact an attorney if you have been charged with any of the following:

  • Money laundering
  • Accounting errors
  • Grand theft
  • Scheme to defraud or
  • Fraud

In some instances, the punishment for embezzlement or employee theft may involve more than just jail time or fines. Florida courts have imposed fines such as the following for embezzlement convictions:

  • Community service
  • Restitution
  • Probation
  • Fines and Fee Obligations and
  • Prison time

Additional Resources

812.081 F.S. – Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature to find out more information about theft crimes in Florida including embezzlement, grand theft, petit theft, and shoplifting. The Statute includes information on the charges, elements, and penalties.


Find an Attorney for Embezzlement in Alachua County, Florida

Galigani Law Firm represents clients charged with all types of theft throughout the Gainesville Metropolitan Area, including Marion County, Putnam County, Gilchrist County, Bradford County, Union County, Levy County, and Columbia County, Florida.

If you or someone you know has been charged with theft, specifically embezzlement, grand theft, or employee theft in Florida, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is known for aggressively fighting for the rights of criminal defendants.

With offices located at 317 NE 1st St, just minutes from the University of Florida campus, we represent clients, not only in Gainesville but in surrounding North Florida cities like Oscala, Palatka, Lake Butler, Bronson, Trenton and Starke, Florida.

Call (352) 375-0812 to schedule a consultation.

This Article Was Last Updated on Friday, May 26, 2017.