Former Phoenix Property Manager sentenced for embezzlement

by Aaron Black • September 15, 2017
Embezzlement in Phoenix is a white-collar crimeShana Raelisa was sentenced to 44 months in prison in Phoenix for embezzling nearly 3 million dollars from two Real Estate companies. One real estate company was located in Phoenix and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. Johnson was an accountant at a Property Management company in Phoenix for six years where she issued fraudulent checks and made unauthorized electronic transfers. She was arrested in Georgia where she pleaded guilty to wire-fraud charges after being accused of embezzlement.

Embezzlement vs. Theft in Arizona

In Arizona embezzlement a form of theft. For an employee to be accused of fraud, their position must have been one of trust, and they had the legal right to handle money or business assets as part of their job. If on the other hand, the employee doesn’t have the legal right or responsibility to manage the money it would be considered theft.

Arizona Embezzlement penalties

Considered a white collar crime it comes with serious penalties. An employer has two years from the date that they first discovered that the embezzlement occurred to file a civil lawsuit against the employee. If you have if you have been accused of misuse of funds or business assets you should hire a Criminal Defense Attorney immediately.
  • Less than $1,000
Maximum six-month in jail term
The fine cannot to exceed $2,50
  • Dollar amounts between $1,000 and $2,500
Maximum one-year prison term
  • Dollar amounts $2,000 and $3,000
Maximum one-and-a-half year prison term
  • Dollar amounts $3,000 and $4,000
Maximum two-and-a-half year prison term
  • Dollar amounts $4,000 and $25,000
Maximum three-and-a-half year prison term
  • Embezzling $25,000 or more
Maximum five-year prison term
  • Embezzling $100,000 or more
Maximum penalty
Ineligible for parole

Personal legal representation

I represent clients accused of embezzlement, theft, fraud schemes and money laundering to name a few. Every client can rest assured that I will personally serve them, putting my extensive history of successful criminal defense to work to obtain the best possible outcome. As a leading Maricopa County criminal defense attorney, my focus is on defending individuals charged with serious crimes that carry life-altering punishments and ramifications.

Courtroom experience matters

Having worked as a Maricopa County criminal defense attorney for one of the largest law firms in Phoenix, I have defended hundreds of individuals facing a broad range of serious criminal charges.

In my private practice, I have spent countless hours in the courtroom, argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trial, and became a highly experienced litigator. When your freedom is at risk you can rest assured that I will go above and beyond to protect your constitutional rights in the courtroom.

If you have been charged with embezzlement contact Phoenix criminal defense attorney Aaron Black or call to set up a free consultation today 480-729-1683.

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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