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Former aide to governor admits to embezzling funds

White collar crimes are crimes that typically involve theft. Although white collar crimes are very different from violent crimes, people who are convicted of a white collar crime can face some of the same serious penalties.

A former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could face time behind bars after pleading guilty to embezzlement charges recently. Almost a year ago, the 49-year-old man was charged with two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count of theft. He is accused of stealing funds from a non-profit that he led as well as from two campaigns for Milwaukee County Board candidates.

The 49-year-old reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the deal, the man agreed to plead guilty to one felony count of theft. Prosecutors have recommended the man spend 30 months behind bars followed by another 30 months of extended supervision.

The man in this case is just one of five former aides to the governor to face criminal charges. Four others have already been convicted.

Embezzlement allegations and other white collar crimes are serious. Depending on the case, it may be wise to pursue a plea agreement, as the man in this case did. Under a plea agreement, the accused typically agrees to plead guilty to a reduced charge in exchange for lesser penalties.

The criminal justice system is complex. In determining how best to proceed with a criminal case, it is often wise to rely on the expertise of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will work towards a positive outcome for the accused after they have examined all of the evidence in a case.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Walker aide pleads guilty to embezzlement charge in John Doe," Steve Schultze, Nov. 29, 2012

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