A young man from Nice has just been sentenced to 4 months in jail.
He walked into the courtroom for his trial as a free man but left the courtroom handcuffed with a sentence of 4 months in prison. He was convicted for stealing and forging the cheques that were for the fiscal authorities. He must also pay 9.000EUR to the civil party.
After having created his company “Fullcharg”, a phone charging service for the public, he practically financed his company through funds from fraudulous cheques amounting to 53.586 EUR. The clever scam was done through the company he worked for (BFM Experts), by getting hold of the cheques of this company’s clients, that were to be taken to the fiscal services and writing the order to his own company, to which he was the only beneficiary. It is a definite case of abuse of trust, by stealing his employers’ clients’ money.
The accused young man was caught out when it was noticed that he was working alone more frequently, and his employers’ clients started complaining about missing cheques or the fact that their taxes still hadn’t been paid. Through the trial, it was also brought to everyone’s attention, that this was not the first case of fraud that the accused had been involved in. He and his wife are known in France and have already been involved with the theft of 8 cheques worth 20.000 EUR as well as forgery. Although the original sentence requested was for a minimum of 8 months, he got away with 4 months, as his lawyer requested leniency due to the fact that it should be considered a petty crime of theft, and also he was about to have a child. How much money must be embezzled before it is considered a serious offense?