When a person is accused of attempting to defraud an employer, the mere accusations may prompt a need to seek defense guidance. If criminal charges are filed, and a conviction handed down in court, penalties may include time in prison. One Florida man, who was working in another state at the time, has admitted to a white collar crime involving ISC Construction, LLC and Chevron USA.

Officials say the man’s scheme to defraud his employer resulted in the theft of more than $1 million. Between 2013 and 2014, the worker was responsible for causing false payroll information to be submitted. He was employed as a project manager at the time and sent the false information to headquarters.

The 50-year-old recently appeared before a U.S. District Court Judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He entered a guilty plea to identity theft. No information has been provided regarding the scheduling of his sentencing hearing.

In certain circumstances, it is possible for a Florida criminal defense attorney to ease the severity of a penalty for white collar crime conviction by convincing the court to impose a sentence toward the light end of federal sentencing guidelines. An attorney may be able to provide evidence that a heavier sentence may not be warranted in view of certain mitigating circumstances, therefore prompting the court to issue a lesser sentence. During the pre-sentencing phase, the court typically considers such factors, among others (i.e. past criminal record, defendant’s financial state or programs available outside incarceration) in order to determine what sentence is most appropriate in a given situation.

Source: theadvocate.com, “Florida man admits to defrauding ISC Constructors, Chevron via identity theft“, Joe Gyan Jr., Aug. 24, 2016

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