Here is a conversation between an anonymous person and an attorney at justanswer.com. Note how the thief confesses to under-reporting the amount stolen to her dentist.
I have embezzled over $30,000 from a dental practice that I worked in. I want to repay it. I have not been caught. What do I need to do?
Expert: Alex J. Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Alex Esquire :Are you online with me?
Customer:yes Alex Esquire :Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.com Customer:do you have a suggestion for fixing this mess? Alex Esquire :I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation. Alex Esquire :Did anyone know about this embezzlement as of yet? Customer:my mistake. Am I speaking with a live person? Alex Esquire :Yes. Alex Esquire :I am a live person and also I am a licensed attorney. Customer:My husband knows, I told the doc that I had taken $1350 and wanted to repay it. I did repay it. But I did not tell him the whole truth. I am guessing at the amount. Alex Esquire :However I can only provide you with a general legal answer and not with any type of legal advise or opinion. Customer:ok
Alex Esquire :Do you have the ability to repay the entire amount that had been embezzled? Customer:yes
Customer:I don’t know whether to offer my guessed at amount or do some sort of acct audit to get an exact amount
Alex Esquire :Well, unfortunately, even if you repay the entire amount, your employer can still report this crime to the police and you could still be fully prosecuted for this felony embezzlement. Alex Esquire :The best and only option is for you to consult and retain a local criminal defense attorney, who can approach your employer and negotiate a resolution of this matter and hopefully this local attorney can avoid the possibility of you being charged with this serious felony crime. Alex Esquire :Do you have any related follow up questions? Customer:ok. So I need to retain an atty before going to the doc? Alex Esquire :ABSOLUTELY. Alex Esquire :An experienced local criminal defense attorney can approach your employer in a manner that might help resolve this situation without criminal prosecution. Customer:Ok. What is the probability I will go to jail? It was done over the course of 2 yrs. I basically just put the pymts in as a credit card and then kept the cash. I am guessing on the low end $30K and the high end $50K.
Customer:I desperately want to make this right.
Alex Esquire :It would be hard to predict whether even if you do get charged with a crime of the felony embezzlement if you would go to jail, as that would depend on many different factors. Alex Esquire :I would strongly suggest that you do not do anything without first consulting and hiring a local criminal attorney, as the risks of criminal prosecution are extremely high and you need a skilled attorney to protect your rights. Customer:it’s still better for me to go forward than to wait and get caught correct?
Alex Esquire :No. Alex Esquire :You should not go forward without an attorney on your side. Alex Esquire :What made you embezzle this money and what did you use it for? Customer:Ok. I will start looking for an attorney tomorrow
Alex Esquire :You can use these well trusted and reliable attorney information/referral websites to find a local experienced criminal defense attorney: Alex Esquire :www.martindale.com Alex Esquire :www.lexmundi.com Alex Esquire :www.justia.com Customer: I don’t even have a reason. I was working with a slimy dentist..I couldn’t seem to quit..so I took the cash. There is no real reason or excuse. I just want to make it right.
Alex Esquire :www.lawyers.com Customer:I am scared.
Alex Esquire :I completely understand. Customer:If I approach him before I get caught..is this better?
Customer:even if I have the atty do it for me?
Alex Esquire :Well, try to stop taking money from this dental practice and start looking for a good local criminal defense attorney who would be able to review your entire situation and would advise on the best legal approach to resolve this situation. Customer: ok. I am no longer employed there. I quit. I will start looking for an atty tomorrow. Thank you.