There are all kinds of theft out there. For example, there is retail theft, theft by friends and family, theft by stranger and even work- place theft, which is what this blog highlights this week.
Earlier this week three former Oregon Department of Transportation workers were sentenced for a long-running theft and reselling scheme, which by rough estimates, cost the citizens of Oregon approximately a whopping six million dollars. For their scheme, the former employees were sentenced to lengthy terms in prison. The scheme involved repairing and selling chainsaws using parts stolen from Oregon’s DOT. They created fraudulent invoices and then sold the items for their personal profit. The parties plead to charges that included aggravated theft and computer crime. The scheme ran for several years and was discovered during an investigation into something unrelated. One sentence handed out was for a period of seven years. One may say that in this instance, the old adage ‘crime doesn’t pay’ may apply, or does it?
SQ Attorneys is a Washington State criminal defense law firm comprised of two seasoned criminal defense lawyers, Greg Schwesinger and Saad Qadri. Although the firm and its attorneys does not support, or otherwise condone, criminal behavior, the criminal attorneys that make up the SQ team certainly realize that sometimes good people make bad choices or otherwise get caught up in a bad situations. Some crimes like DUI – for instance – don’t even include a ‘state of mind’ element – the government has simply legislated that certain behavior – regardless of the person’s intent or knowledge – is illegal. If you or a loved one is cited for a crime, regardless of the type, don’t despair, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney (like the ones that make up the team at SQ Attorneys) to assist you in navigating the criminal justice system. SQ Attorneys can be reached at (425) 359-3791 or (206) 441-0900.