According to a federal investigation, 60 government workers lied on time sheets over the last three years. It cost taxpayers an estimated $1 million, and the workers were reportedly gambling or traveling during times when they claimed to have been working. The employees worked at more than a dozen federal agencies, and a woman who worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a time sheet manager plead guilty to fraud in May 2015.
ITT Educational Services, a for-profit college operator, has been charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In its federal lawsuit, the agency has alleged that the defendant concealed from investors the poor results of its earlier decision to to provide guarantees to lenders participating in two of its student loan programs. ITTESI operates ITT Technical Institute, which has students from Maryland and around the country.
Prosecutors often target accountants and other professionals who similarly handle their client’s money for white collar charges. They will often charge the accused person with a felony, even if the amount of allegedly stolen money is relatively small.
Embezzlement is a term that many people in Maryland understand is a type of white-collar crime, but may not know what it is specifically. In this post, we will provide a general overview of embezzlement and discuss how someone may find himself or herself facing serious criminal charges based on embezzlement accusations.