What is Embezzlement?

December 12, 2023 | Chris Fedalei
What is Embezzlement?


At Fedalei & Reid Law, LLC, we know that embezzlement cases are often complex and sensitive in nature. If you or a loved one are facing embezzlement charges in Greenville, SC, you need a dedicated legal team to advocate for your rights. Our experienced embezzlement attorneys are here to provide the guidance and representation you deserve during this challenging time.

Call Fedalei & Reid Law, LLC today at (864) 668-1661 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our embezzlement attorney in Greenville, SC.


Embezzlement is considered a white-collar crime that involves the misappropriation or theft of funds delegated to an individual's care, often in a professional or financial setting. This offense occurs when a person with access to financial assets or property intentionally and unlawfully converts those assets for personal gain. Embezzlement can occur in various contexts, including corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations.

In South Carolina, embezzlement charges can encompass a wide range of actions, such as:

  • Altering financial records to cover up the misappropriation
  • Diverting company funds into personal accounts
  • Manipulating invoices or expenses for personal benefit
  • Falsifying documentation to hide unauthorized transactions


Embezzlement charges in South Carolina are classified based on the value of the embezzled assets, ranging from misdemeanor charges to more severe felonies. Penalties may include fines, restitution, and imprisonment. The severity of the penalties is directly linked to the value of the misappropriated funds and whether the particular offense is categorized as a misdemeanor or felony.

The consequences of an embezzlement conviction can profoundly affect your personal and professional life, impacting your reputation, employment opportunities, and financial stability. It is crucial to have a skilled embezzlement attorney who can work tirelessly to mitigate the potential consequences and protect your future.


Being accused of embezzlement does not mean you are automatically guilty. Our seasoned embezzlement lawyers at Fedalei & Reid Law, LLC, will meticulously assess the evidence and build a strong defense tailored to your case. Some potential defenses against embezzlement charges may include the following:

  • Lack of Intent: Embezzlement requires proof of intent to misappropriate funds for personal use. If it can be shown that there was no intentional wrongdoing, the charges could be challenged.
  • Mistaken Identity: In some cases, individuals may be falsely accused due to mistaken identity. We will thoroughly investigate the evidence to establish your innocence.
  • Duress or Coercion: This could be a valid defense strategy if you were forced to execute the embezzlement under threat or coercion.
  • Insufficient Evidence: A skilled embezzlement attorney will scrutinize the evidence against you to identify any weaknesses in the prosecution's case.
  • Violation of Constitutional Rights: If your rights had been violated during the investigation or arrest process, evidence obtained unlawfully may be excluded from the case.


Navigating embezzlement charges requires a deep understanding of legal intricacies and your case's unique circumstances. We are dedicated to protecting your rights, advocating for your best interests, and striving for the best possible outcome for your case. We will listen to your side of the story, analyze the details of your case, and provide you with honest and informed legal guidance. Together, we will work towards reaching a favorable resolution and safeguarding your future.

When facing embezzlement charges, every moment counts. Protect your rights and your future by reaching out to Fedalei & Reid Law, LLC, today. Our experienced embezzlement attorneys are dedicated to fighting for you and providing the skilled legal representation you need.

Contact Fedalei & Reid Law, LLC today to get started with our Greenville, SC, embezzlement lawyer.

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Chris Fedalei

Attorney, Founding Partner

Chris became a founder and partner at FR Law LLC in 2022, where he focuses on criminal law to help defend people in Greenville County and throughout upstate South Carolina. As a private attorney, Chris brings his experience as a public defender to bear to protect the individual rights and freedoms of his clients. He looks at how each case pertains to the larger criminal justice system without losing sight of the individual impact.

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