In Texas, it’s possible for residents accused of certain theft crimes to face federal theft charges. But just what criminal acts fall under this umbrella? If you’ve been charged with federal theft, what does it mean for you?
The Legal Information Institute provides a look at U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 13, on embezzlement and theft. In essence, it shows that any theft crime that involves federal property or money can be considered a federal crime, and will thus end with you being charged with a federal offense.
Many different crimes are mentioned, such as theft by bank examiner, theft of major artwork, and embezzlement or theft connected to health care. Federal theft is a large umbrella term and it applies to anything that is direct property of the federal government – such as mailboxes – or to the money of the federal government. Things like government funded school programs, for example, can be used in federal theft charges if it’s believed that you have been taking money from the program for your own personal gains.
It should also be noted that if the amount that was stolen equals $1000 or higher, you could face felony charges. The penalties are also higher when it comes to federal property, resulting in a maximum of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
If you have been accused of a federal theft crime, clearing your name is of utmost importance. Otherwise, you could be facing high penalties that could severely damage your current lifestyle and future prospects.