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.