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Federal Embezzlement

Commonwealth Offences – Federal

Welcome to the Federal Embezzlement article page. Everything you need to know about Embezzlement according to Federal law – Dated: 01/09/2009

What the Law States according to Federal Law for Embezzlement

According to Federal Law for the charge of Embezzlement:

Section 157 of the Crimes Act states:

Whosoever, being a clerk, or servant, fraudulently embezzles, either the whole or any part of, any property delivered to, or received, or taken into possession by him or her, for, or in the name, or on the account of, his or her master, or employer, shall be deemed to have stolen the same, although such property was not received into the possession of such master, or employer, otherwise than by the actual possession of such clerk, or servant, and shall be liable to imprisonment for ten years.

The Maximum Penalty – Embezzlement

According to Federal Law for the charge of Embezzlement, the maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years imprisonment.

What the Police must prove according to Federal Law for Embezzlement

In order for the Police to prove their case at Court, they must prove each of the following matters beyond a reasonable doubt.

  1. The accused was the clerk or servant of the person named in the indictment.
  2. The accused received the subject property (or the property was delivered to him, or taken into his possession) for, in the name of, or on account of his master or employer.
  3. The accused person embezzled such property.

It will be necessary for the Police in every offence to prove that the accused was the person who committed the offence.

Possible Defences under Federal Law – Embezzlement

Possible defences to this offence include but are not limited to:

  1. Duress
  2. Necessity

In Federal which court will hear the matter – Embezzlement

Where the value of the property exceeds $5000, this matter is a Table 1 offence which means that either the DPP or an accused can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

Where the value of the property does not exceed $5000, this matter is a Table 2 offence which means that the DPP can elect to have the matter dealt with in the District Court. If no election is made it will be dealt with in the Local Court.

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