Embezzlement Crimes and Punishment in Texas

Embezzlement occurs when an individual entrusted to manage someone else’s property or money uses that property or money for their own gain. Anyone who has legal access to another’s money or property and steals all or part of it can be prosecuted for the crime of embezzlement.

Embezzlement can happen when any person in a position of trust misuses property or money. For example, an officer or executive of a company that misappropriates corporate funds for their personal use or a fiduciary that has control over someone’s estate and uses those assets for their own personal gain can be guilty of embezzlement.

In Texas, embezzlement will be punished according to the type or value of the property stolen. The penalties for embezzlement in Texas are:

  • Money or property worth less than $50. Fine of up to $500.
  • More than $50 and less than $500. Fine of up to $2,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both.
  • More than $500 and less than $1,500. Fine of up to $4,000, up to one year in jail, or both.
  • More than $1,500 and less than $20,000. Fine of up to $10,000, 180 days to two years in prison, or both.
  • More than $20,000 and less than $100,000. Fine of up to $10,000, 1-10 years in prison, or both.
  • More than $100,000 and less than $200,000. Fine of up to $10,000, 2-20 years in prison, or both.
  • More than $200,000. Fine of up to $10,000, 5-99 years in prison, or both.

There are several aggravating factors that can increase the category of offense and level of punishment, including:

  • If the victim was over the age of 65
  • If the victim was a nonprofit organization
  • If the defendant is a public servant
  • If the defendant was working as a government contractor

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