Fraud is defined in Scots law as making a false representation which induces someone to give you money or property. Although there doesn't need to be any gain from this, there must be some sort of consequence for the crime of fraud to have been committed. Fraud is therefore widely defined. Fraud charges also commonly give rise to hugely complicated cases, typically requiring many days, if not weeks and months of evidence to be presented. As a result, it is invariably recommended that you instruct a solicitor if you are charged with fraud. If you have been charged with fraud, our fraud solicitors can provide expert legal advice and representation and will meticulously prepare and present your defence. If you have been charged with fraud and need to contact us, we are available 24/7 on 0141 946 0111.
Embezzlement is a common law crime and is defined in Scots law as the appropriation of property, whether monetary or physical, which the owner has entrusted you with. It is similar to fraud insofar as it involves a significant element of dishonesty and appropriation of property, however it differs in that it does not require any deception—embezzlement can be committed without the owner ever knowing that you have taken the property.
Embezzlement carries serious penalties and can often lead to custodial sentences if the value of the property is substantial. Furthermore, the evidence which will be led in an embezzlement case will likely be very complicated and require a skilled solicitor to understand and counter with a defence. As a result, it is highly recommended that, if you have been charged with embezzlement, you contact our embezzlement solicitors who will meticulously analyse the evidence produced by the Crown in your case and seek to diminish it in court. An especially important role of a solicitor such as our embezzlement solicitors is to negotiate the amount libelled, if the property was monetary. Our embezzlement solicitors are often able to negotiate the amounts down significantly which often means the difference between a custodial and non-custodial sentence.