Another example of a citizen stealing from her employer happened in Birmingham, Alabama this week.
A federal grand jury in Birmingham, indicted a Guin woman in connection with embezzlement of money from her place of employment, Listerhill Credit Union today. She was also indicted on a charge of falsifying credit union records to hide the theft of $239,000, federal authorities announced.
An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges April Mayfield McLemore, 30, who was employed at the Winfield branch of Listerhill Credit Union in Marion County, with embezzling from the credit union from May 2006 to May 2011, according to a statement from law enforcement.
McLemore, the indictment charges, made false entries in the credit union’s computer records on March 24, 2011, to cover her embezzlement from officers and auditors of the credit union. In a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley, the indictment seeks to have McLemore forfeit $239,000 to the government as proceeds of illegal activity.
Embezzlement is a crime that involves the unlawful conversion of property by someone who has been entrusted with it. The offender generally has some type of relationship to the victim, such as an employee, a fiduciary, a bank or a government official. A key element of the crime, is that the offender had lawful possession of the property at the time the conversion occurred. If he did not, he is not guilty of embezzlement, but some other type of theft crime. Embezzlement is generally graded as a felony or misdemeanor depending on the value of the property embezzled.
If convicted, McLemore would face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The FBI investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys David H. Estes and Michelle Abroms Levin are prosecuting the case.
The public is to be reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges, and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.