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Man facing potential felony charges for stealing at work

It is never a good thing to be accused of stealing at work. Allegations of workplace theft can tarnish a worker's reputation even if the worker is entirely innocent. That is why it is important for those accused of workplace theft to know their rights, because thefts of certain amounts of money can turn into felonies upon conviction.

According to reports out of Upper Marlboro, a former Washington Area transit employee has been indicted on charges of theft. The 61-year-old man has been charged with selling between $10,000 and $100,000 worth of excess equipment owned by his employer but keeping the proceeds for himself. Items that were sold include an asphalt roller, a chipper and several tractors, to name a few. In addition, similar transactions deposited into the 61-year-old's bank account were noticed with other companies as well.

Prince George County officials confirmed that the suspect was hired in 2005 to work in the surplus equipment warehouse. As a result of the allegations against him, he now faces jail time and may need a strong criminal defense team.

In Maryland, anyone who steals an amount greater than $1,000 is eligible to be convicted of a felony, which comes with serious penalties. The threatened charges and penalties, though, are not always justified. Sometimes, actions are taken out of context or simply untrue.

Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys can help these suspects analyze the allegations and determine an effective strategy. This process can help ensure that unnecessary penalties are not levied and the suspect does not end up serving time simply to teach others a lesson.

Source: WUSA 9, "Former WMATA employee indicted on theft charges," March 25, 2013

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