Fraud and Embezzlement

St. Paul, MN criminal defense attorney Deborah Ellis talks about what fraud and embezzlement is.

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Well embezzlement is just taking someone else’s money that you’re not entitled to and so embezzlement or fraud. There’s also it is a form of theft but fraudulently obtaining some government money or getting money from a money program that you’re not entitled to that could be unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, any programs that’s a federal program such as Medicaid or Medicare. There’s a lot of healthcare fraud cases being prosecuted now and people that are providing services whether it’s as a PCA, a personal care attendant.

There’s I think that the government’s becoming a little bit more, oh, I don’t know what I want to say, they’re checking into their own programs. And when the programs first started, there was much oversight, and now they’re looking into nitty-gritty details and saying oh, guess what, we don’t think that you should have had this person working for you or these funds shouldn’t have been distributed because you used it for some purpose that we didn’t want you to use it for. So they’re alleging fraud and that’s a type of theft case, high-level theft.