If you are employed by a government entity in Missouri, be it local, state or federal, the funds you deal with are public funds that belong to the “public” your employer serves. Should law enforcement officials allege that you betrayed your public trust by misusing or mishandling these funds, the government can prosecute you in either state or federal court depending on the agency for which you work.
If you work for a branch or agency of the federal government, the Offices of the United States Attorneys sets forth a number of crimes for which you face conviction for allegedly misusing public funds.
Section 1661 of the Federal Criminal Resource Manual lists a number of U.S. Code sections under which the government can prosecute you for alleged wrongdoing, including the following:
The government considers most of the above prohibited actions as forms of employee embezzlement for which you face serious penalties if convicted of one of these white collar crimes. Depending upon the precise statute under which the government prosecutes you, you face such penalties upon conviction as the following:
This is general information only and not intended to provide legal advice.
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