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Women outnumber men in one aspect of white collar crime

In most cases in Michigan and around the country, most of the defendants in criminal defense cases are men. In fact, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, men outnumber women in terms of committing all crimes except one: embezzlement.

In fact, according to a recent report, 64 percent of those who allegedly commit embezzlement are female. The most common form of that embezzlement, says the Marquet Report, is the unauthorized use of company checks or forgery.

There are many possible explanations for this phenomenon. Much of it is likely attributable to the high numbers of women in professions that handle money, such as bank tellers, bookkeepers and other office workers.

However, women often have nothing to show for their ill-gotten gains. Many people who turn to embezzlement do so not to purchase things but to feed an addiction -- in 22 percent of cases, the report found, embezzlers commit their crimes in order to perpetuate a gambling addiction.

One expert on the issue says that many women who commit these crimes keep track of the money they steal -- ostensibly with the intention of repaying it. However, the expert says, doing so does not make it any less of a crime, and most people -- especially those with gambling addictions -- are not able to repay the money anyway.

Out of the top 10 embezzlement cases in the country in 2011, six involved female perpetrators. However, according to the report, women took less money overall than men did.

If you have been accused of embezzling funds or any other white collar crime, it is imperative that you retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.

Source: ABC2News, "Women top men as embezzlers, study shows," Abby Simons, April 12, 2012

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