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Texas YMCA bookkeeper accused of white collar crimes

People who are experiencing financial problems are often overwhelmed by stress. They frequently examine all of their options and then make their choices. Unfortunately, officials in Texas believe that a former bookkeeper with the YMCA resorted to white collar crimes.

The incident that led to the woman's arrested reportedly happened in Jan. 2017 but was only recently reported to police. The chief financial officer of the YMCA location that employed the woman reportedly contacted police in late February of this year, claiming that a 52-year-old woman who served as a bookkeeper embezzled over $21,000 from the organization. It is unclear how the alleged loss of money was discovered.

Police claim that when they interviewed the woman, she reported that part of her responsibilities included processing checks that were for a program that allows YMCA employees to borrow money in the event of a personal financial emergency; the money would then be paid back through paycheck deductions. However, police claim that she reported experiencing a financial emergency, prompting her to take the funds without prior approval. She has now been charged with theft and could spend up to two years in jail if convicted.

Cases involving allegations of white collar crimes can often be complex, making it difficult for someone without legal training to fully understand the charges against them. This woman has several options available to her as she plans her criminal defense, potentially including fighting the charges in court or pleading guilty. In some cases, a defendant will choose to plead guilty as part of a plea deal due to an understanding that there is sufficient evidence for a conviction in exchange for a reduced sentence. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help this Texas woman understand all of her options and choose the one that is most appropriate for her individual circumstances.

Source: statesman.com, "Police: YMCA Williamson County bookkeeper embezzled $21,000", Claire Osborn, March 20, 2018

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