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Embezzle

To steal funds placed under one's responsibility. For example, a trustee has a fiduciary responsibility to use the funds in a trust for the beneficiary and for no other purpose. If he pockets some of the funds instead, he commits embezzlement. This crime can result in significant jail time, depending on the amount stolen. See also: White collar crime.

embezzle

To take illegally something of value being held in custody for someone else.
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While no criterion can define a "typical" embezzler, the report points out common characteristics of white collar criminals, such as:
It's critical that embezzlers be penalized publicly to discourage future thefts.
A quietly confident Gallic caper comedy in which laid-back data processor embezzles the embezzlers of a rural French supermarket in the wake of a squall, "Before the Storm" is distinguished by a sure narrative hand and a subversively droll demeanor.
and embezzlers who all sport hate tattoos on their elbows
Thoroughly screening job applicants and preventing likely embezzlers from being in a position to pocket corporate funds.
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Lawyers for the accused embezzlers expect the decision to be challenged in the 30 days allowed for appeal.
I was offended by Thomas Frank's characterization of Mission Hills, Kansas, as the home of "thieves, embezzlers, tax evaders, real-estate frauds, and check forgers" ["Lie Down for America," Essay, April].
3) Bank robbers, embezzlers, street muggers, and other criminals plan and think about their crimes before they act.
The aptness of this subtitle is evident in the twenty-one stories found here as Oates explores the lives of murderers, embezzlers, stalkers, those who "violate the law .
Our prisons are full of murderers, rapists, drug smugglers, burglars, car thieves, vandals and embezzlers.
Usually, Warren said, embezzlers don't start out with the intention of becoming criminals.