Forty-eight-year-old (48) Mary Ann Williams, a former acting treasurer for the Arizona High School Hockey Association, has pled guilty to theft and forgery for embezzling at least $500,000 from the Association. Ms. Williams began volunteering for the Organization in 2003 and was arrested in 2010 after the Association contacted Police with concerns that she was stealing money. According to Police, Ms. Williams began embezzling money in 2005 and continued to steal money until 2010 when she was removed from her position as treasurer. Ms. Williams was accused of using the Association’s debit card to make personal purchases, making electronic payments from the Organization’s bank account, and issuing the Association’s checks to herself. According to Maricopa County Prosecutors, Ms. Williams will be sentenced on June 13th.
In Arizona, the crime of embezzlement is charged as theft. Under Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1802, “A person commits theft if, without lawful authority, the person knowingly: (1) Controls property of another with the intent to deprive the other person of such property . . . .” Depending on the value of the items stolen, the crime of embezzlement may be charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor up to a Class 2 Felony, and penalties for embezzlement may range from six (6) months in jail to 12.5 years in prison. Further, based on the facts of the case, a person convicted of embezzlement may be ineligible for probation or parole.
If you have been charged with embezzlement, contact the Arizona criminal defense attorneys at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your criminal case.