Theft Crime Charges in California
Embezzlement – failing to ring up a sale at your job and pocketing the money could be charged as embezzlement
Credit card fraud – using a card you know to be stolen, or that is not yours and for which you have no authority to use, could be credit card fraud
Identify theft – using someone else’s identifying information to obtain credit, employment, or housing, for example, is identify theft
Insurance fraud – claiming a break-in when there wasn’t one in order to get the proceeds from an insurance policy, for example
Selling stolen property – selling an item to a pawnshop when you knew, or should have known, the item was stolen may be charged as “selling or receiving stolen property”
Failing to return rented or leased property – keeping a rental car way past the due date to return the car can be a crime.
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What is the penalty for theft in California?
A misdemeanor sentence results in up to one year in jail and a felony sentence results in prison time of 16 months, two years, or three years. (Cal. Penal Code §§ 487, 490.2 (2020).)