Accused Of Employment Theft In A Texas Workplace
When people steal from their workplace, they may believe that their theft is justified because they feel mistreated by their employer or believe they are underpaid. But the reality is theft is theft, and attempting to get even with an organization through stealing will only lead to more problems.
Because a lot of employment positions deal with individuals managing business accounts, there are many forms of employee theft. Whether you work on company payroll and have padded checks or you are a chief financial officer who has falsified records, you could be facing stiff penalties when your employer becomes aware of the financial abuse and moves to right the wrong.
Acts of Workplace Theft Vary
When individuals begin stealing from their workplace, they often mistakenly believe they are getting away with the behavior and repeat the action. While sometimes the theft does go unnoticed, there are plenty of other situations in which the employer has not said anything yet because they are compiling proof. Financial records, false data, video footage, and witness accounts have all been used to prove an employee stole from their employer.
Common forms of employment theft:
- Workers steal furniture, supplies, warehouse items, or other pieces of property.
- Fraudulent timesheets are used to distribute funds for overtime hours that were not worked or bonuses that were not approved.
- Adding individuals to payroll that do not work at the organization.
- Stealing sensitive data that could be of use to competitors, including customer and client information.
- Accessing funds through false vendors and padded invoices.
The totals for stolen amounts can be high, particularly if the theft has been occurring over an extended period of time.
Talk to an Attorney About Charges and Repayment Plans
When an employer does confront an employee about a workplace theft, they may say that law enforcement will not be involved but the debt needs to be repaid. It is important to note that this is a verbal agreement, it will not hold up in a court of law. Talk to a lawyer before agreeing to anything and proceed with care.
If you have been accused of employment theft, talk to a Houston criminal lawyer without delay. It is even advantageous to talk to a criminal attorney if you have not yet confronted a workplace theft but believe you will be. Your employer could pursue civil litigation to recover the funds or criminal penalties. Learning about how to protect yourself will lead to the most favorable outcome for you.
Have you been accused of stealing from your workplace? Do not take theft accusations lightly, connect with a legal professional who can guide you through what to do next and when to talk, or not to talk, to your employer. With experience in white collar criminal offenses the legal team at Ayson Law Firm will get started on the optimal defense strategy for you as soon as possible. We will listen to your situation with care and compassion. Then, we will aggressively defend your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.