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Woman accused of embezzlement in San Diego area

A woman from San Diego was recently arrested for alleged embezzlement. Though it is claimed that the supposed employee theft took place in San Marcos just north of San Diego, she was actually arrested in the extreme northeast portion of the United States.

The amount in controversy is said to have exceeded hundreds of thousands of dollars. The woman purportedly embezzled $80,000 from a Ramada Inn where she worked as a bookkeeper throughout the year of 2012. She is also accused of embezzling $200,000 from a youth football league, and another $75,000 from a motorcycle dealership. There had been warrants issued for her arrest in San Diego County.

It's difficult to know from what is reported in newspapers the accuracy of such assertions. Newspapers often take information directly from police reports and publish what should be considered allegations as if these were actual facts.

Though we often rush to judgment in such matters, anyone accused of a crime has a right to a fair trial, be represented by an attorney of their choice, and contest any evidence that is presented. The most important consideration to remember is that the burden of proving up the allegations is on the prosecuting attorneys and arresting police officers. If evidence that an actual crime has taken place is not proven beyond a reasonable doubt, it is then up to our courts to dismiss the charges.

Criminal defense is about much more than this, however. We also from reading news accounts do not understand the circumstances that led up to the arrest, or whether there are any mitigating circumstances that would at least reduce a person's culpability.

Source: 10 News, "Woman suspected of embezzling from 2 local organizations arrested in Maine," Aug. 1, 2013

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