Thefts and frauds have to do with ownership, control, authority, and permission. Did someone have permission to access a bank account? Did someone have authority to spend money in a certain way? Who actually owns the property at issue?
These are the questions that typically arise in these criminal cases which can be as simple as someone being accused of taking money from a cash register to as sophisticated and complex as a multi-year accounting or investment scam. Many times, these allegations arise out of business or personal disputes between business partners, co-workers, friends and family.
Defending these criminal cases requires understanding that control, authority and permission matter. It also requires getting into the details of what the documents and data say and, just as importantly, do not say, while understanding what the motives are for each party involved.
If you are facing crimes involving fraud, theft, or embezzlement contact Saratoga Springs criminal defense attorney Scott to understand your options.