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Embezzlement, Theft, and Illinois LawThe Daily Herald recently reported that the last of four suburban Chicago residents who devised a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme involving a Chicago law firm has pleaded guilty to theft. Deborah Acuna, 63, of Oak Brook, received a 10-month jail sentence, 18 months of probation, and an order to pay restitution in the amount of $175,000. This illustrates the potentially severe sentence that an individual can receive if convicted of theft or embezzlement under Illinois law.

Four Sentenced for Embezzling Six Million Dollars from Chicago Law Firm

Acuna and her sister, Patricia Lapinski, founded DAS Designs, a business that provided furniture for the Vedder Price law firm, where Lapinski worked as office manager. The two sisters conspired with a North Aurora floor company manager and a Frankfort furniture repair company owner to create phony invoices for the law firm to pay DAS over six million dollars, including one million dollars in services and goods that DAS never provided. The four individuals then used the proceeds to finance homes, vacations, and other items of property.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, burglary, theft, robberyBurglary and robbery are both forms of theft, but they typically carry much more severe penalties than a simple theft conviction. You are likely to serve a significant period of incarceration for either a burglary or robbery conviction, both of which are felony crimes under Illinois law. Due to the severe repercussions of a burglary or robbery conviction, your first step following your arrest should be to an experienced Illinois criminal defense lawyer at our firm for professional assistance.

Defining Burglary Under Illinois Law

Burglary occurs when you knowingly enter and remain in a building, trailer, watercraft, aircraft, or motor vehicle, without consent, and with the intent of committing a felony or a theft. Typically, Illinois law classifies burglary as a Class 2 felony. A conviction for a Class 2 felony can result in three to seven years in prison. In some cases, however, burglary is a Class 1 felony. This is the case if the burglary occurs in a daycare or a place of worship. Likewise, if you commit a residential burglary or one that occurs at another person’s home or dwelling place, the offense is a Class 1 felony. A Class 1 felony conviction can carry a prison sentence ranging from four to 15 years. Another less serious felony involves possession of burglary tools, which include keys, tools, instruments, explosives, or other devices that could be used to commit a burglary. This criminal offense is a Class 4 felony that could land you in prison for one to three years.

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Naperville criminal defense attorneys, laws of larcenyAlthough theft is a common catch-all term, some states have separate laws for theft and larceny. Illinois is not one of those states. Both theft and larceny are defined in Illinois as offenses against property. The state uses the phrase “anything of value” to define exactly what property means. In Illinois, more than 290,000 property crimes occur every year.

The most common examples of property are money, real estate, and tangible possessions. However, under Illinois law, the actual scope of property is much broader. Based on the definition of property, this term can refer to anything from things of value growing on an owner’s land to written instruments concerning labor.

How to Determine if Theft or Larceny Has Occurred in Illinois

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Illinois defense lawyer, Illinios criminal attorney, violent crimes, A bill has passed in the Illinois General Assembly that would enhance protections under hate crimes legislation. It will add protections for transgender individuals and expand the definition of institutional vandalism. The bill passed both the House and the Senate without opposition, and awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature.

Current Law

In Illinois, a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits one of a list of crimes against another person because of one of several listed motivations, regardless of any other motivating factor. The crimes covered by Illinois’s hate crimes legislation are:

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois white collar crimes lawyer, Class 3 felony, The protection of personal information is of utmost importance in today’s society, and so the violation of that privacy and misuse of personal identification information is a criminal offense. Beyond the basic offense of identity theft, Illinois law provides for several other offenses related to identity theft.

Aggravated Identity Theft

Aggravated identity theft is a more serious offense than mere identity theft. It is committed when a person commits identity theft, and the identity theft is committed:

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