When people think of theft crimes, stealing an item that belongs to another person or business is what usually comes to mind. However, that is not the only type of crime that may result in theft charges. Theft may also include stealing wages from one’s company by various means. Two Maryland correctional officers and a fiscal technician were recently accused of this crime and others after authorities claim they falsified timecards with the aim of being paid for work that was never completed.
Theft in the workplace
Officials say that the correctional officers conspired with the fiscal technician to change timecard entries for the officers. These alleged changes made it appear as though the officers worked more hours than they actually completed. Authorities say that the officers paid a significant sum to the fiscal technician for assisting with the crime. There is no word on the official amount of money allegedly taken, though authorities claim that the officers made tens of thousands of dollars and the fiscal technician made several thousand dollars.
All three employees have been indicted for theft and conspiracy after the matter was presented to a grand jury. One of the officers and the technician are also charged with bribery and both officers face charges of misconduct in office. Authorities have indicated they take these charges very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute anyone found committing this type of offense that misuses taxpayer money.
Criminal defense may be the best solution
Though these types of theft charges don’t involve a use of force or breaking into someone’s home, they are no less serious in the eyes of the law. Those here in Maryland accused of this type of crime should understand that the penalties upon conviction may be life-altering, as they could mean time in prison, significant fines and even have negative impacts upon their lives after their sentence is served. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help accused persons answer to these charges, ensuring the thorough pursuit of every available legal option.