CFO for Home Cleaning Business Convicted on Embezzlement Charges

by | Feb 28, 2013 | Law

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It is not only big name business and multimillion dollar company workers that may need a Sacramento white collar defense lawyer. On February 22, 2013, a Brentwood businessman, Benjamin Chaney, was sentenced to five years in state prison for embezzlement. Chaney was employed as Chief Financial Officer for the relatively small, family owned Harper Model Home Maintenance in Davis, CA, yet he still managed to embezzle nearly $500,000 over a period of four years. He was also convicted of felony tax evasion and several felony theft charges. The Harper family worked hard to build their business from the ground up, often driving thousands of miles in a month to reach various work sites. Chaney was especially in need of a Sacramento white collar defense attorney because he was at one time the son-in-law of the business owners, lending a personal note to the crimes. His marriage eventually ended, but he continued to work for the company, and, in 2003, began writing company checks and using the company credit card for personal items including electronics, computers, home repairs, child support, gifts, mortgage payments, furniture, and more. In November 2007, Chaney left the company, at which time a review of his work computer revealed the purchases.

Chaney was not the only one to need a Sacramento white collar defense lawyer. His second wife, Kara Leigh Brown, was also convicted as an accessory to the embezzlement charges. Their white collar lawyer was able to reach a plea agreement in which Brown received probation and Chaney was sentenced to five years in a Sacramento state prison and ordered to pay $340,000 to his former employer and $67,000 to the state for tax fraud.

Anyone who has been convicted of white collar crime in the Sacramento area is in need of a Sacramento white collar defense lawyer. A good lawyer can get probation, as in the case of Kara Leigh Brown. He or she can also bring about a shorter prison sentence or smaller financial restitution. And of course, if a businessman is not guilty or there are significant mitigating factors, a Sacramento white collar defense attorney will be able to establish their client’s innocence. If you or some someone you know has been convicted of a white collar crime, it is important to find a good lawyer. Whether you are guilty or innocent, you have a right to a fair, unbiased trial and a dedicated lawyer who will do his or her utmost to prove your innocence or reduce your sentence.

If you are looking for an experienced, hard working Sacramento white collar defense lawyer, call Kimball and Wilson, LLP. For more information, visit them online!