Virginia Man Charged With Drug Crimes & Embezzlement
A Virginia man faces U.S. federal charges for embezzlement and drug crimes, according to an article by WFXR.
Back in 2018, this Virginia man allegedly embezzled approximately $600,000 from his employer, a credit union located in Danville. This man had access to his employer’s vault. He allegedly took legitimate cash bills from the vault and replaced them with counterfeit currency.
After the alleged embezzlement, the Virginia man escaped the authorities and became a fugitive. It was not until March 2021 that the authorities were able to arrest this man. At that time, law enforcement also confiscated approximately five kilograms of illegal drugs, which led to charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
Even though this situation involves federal charges, it also represents an excellent opportunity to review the Virginia state laws against possession with intent to distribute and embezzlement.
Possession with Intent to Distribute
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248 establishes a general prohibition against the distribution, sale, manufacture, or transfer of illegal drugs and other controlled substances. Under this section, it is also illegal to possess a controlled substance while demonstrating an intent to distribute, sell, manufacture, or transfer.
Any person who violates this section will face criminal punishment. The penalties change based on the schedule of the controlled substance and, sometimes, the quantity involved. Anyone charged with possession with intent to distribute of any substance classified in:
- Schedule I/II — will likely face felony charges and can face a prison sentence between five and 40 years as well as criminal fines up to $500,000;
- Schedule III — will likely face Class 5 felony charges and can face a prison sentence between one and 10 years as well as criminal fines up to $2,500; or
- Schedule V/VI — will likely face Class 1 misdemeanor charges and can face a jail sentence of up to 12 months and criminal fines up to $2,500.
Code of Virginia Section 18.2-111 furnishes the laws against embezzlement. This section prohibits any person from wrongfully and fraudulently using, disposing of, concealing or embezzling certain instruments. These instruments are typically entrusted or delivered by virtue of a person’s office, trust, or employment and include:
- Bills of lading; and
- Personal property, tangible or intangible.
Any person who commits embezzlement in violation of Section 18.2-111 is guilty of larceny. Depending on the circumstances of the offense — such as the value of the stolen property or the nature of the offense — the offender will face charges for petit or grand larceny.
Under Code of Virginia Section 18.2-96, petit larceny ordinarily applies when the property in question is worth less than $1,000. Petit larceny is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable as explained in the previous section.
Under Code of Virginia Section 18.2-95, grand larceny usually applies when the property in question is worth more than $1,000. Grand larceny also applies to the theft of firearms, regardless of the firearm’s value. Grand larceny is a felony, punishable by a prison sentence between one and 20 years as well as criminal fines up to $2,500.
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