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Gaston County Woman Facing Criminal Charges After Stealing From Her Employer

Posted by Josh Valentine | Feb 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Leslie Helton Eaves, a local Gaston County woman, is facing criminal charges for theft after stealing more than $600 from her employer. According to reports, the owners of Dan's Restaurant in Bessemer City became suspicious when they noticed that cash was missing from the register. As it turns out, the employee they had entrusted to look after the register had pocketed at least $600 of the restaurant's money. Police arrested the employee and took her into custody. She was released on an unsecured bond but must address the criminal accusations in court.

Theft in North Carolina

The Gaston County employee will likely be charged with theft for taking property that belonged to her employer. Theft can be broadly defined to mean taking property belonging to another person without consent. Crimes of theft are committed with an intent to deprive the property owners of the use and/or enjoyment of their own property.

In North Carolina, there are several different ways that a theft can be committed. Each crime has distinct qualities, but each involves the unlawful taking of property. Types of theft crimes in North Carolina include concealment, larceny, false pretenses, and embezzlement.

Theft by Embezzlement

The owners of Dan's Restaurant in Bessemer City have accused their cashier of stealing money that she was entrusted to care for. Since the employee was trusted to watch after the company's money she may face criminal charges for embezzlement. Most of us tend to think of embezzlement as a white collar crime involving a great deal of money committed by the wealthy. In reality, almost anyone who steals property that has been entrusted to them can be charged with embezzlement.

Embezzlement, which is charged under North Carolina G.S. 14-90, applies to any person who:

  1. Exercises a public trust;
  2. Holds public office;
  3. Is a guardian, administrator, executor, trustee, or fiduciary; or
  4. Is an officer, agent, consignee, clerk, bailee, or servant of any person or corporation.

Since Eaves was an employee for the restaurant and entrusted to take care of the cash register, the state's embezzlement laws may apply. The restaurant owners specifically explained that she was appointed to the register because they trusted her.

Penalties for Theft and Embezzlement

In North Carolina, a crime of theft can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The charge generally depends on the value of the property that is stolen. Crimes of theft involving property valued at $1,000 or less are generally misdemeanors. Crimes of theft involving property valued at greater than $1,000 are generally charged as felonies.

Gaston County Theft Attorney

Since Eaves is facing criminal charges for theft, she will likely seek the advice and counsel of a local criminal defense attorney. Hiring an attorney to handle her case will increase her chances of securing a favorable plea deal or defeating the charges in their entirety. If you are facing criminal charges for theft in Gaston County, do not hesitate to contact the criminal defense attorneys at Caulder & Valentine for help. We offer a consultation so that you can learn about the seriousness of the charges against you and which legal options you may have.

About the Author

Josh Valentine

All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person that was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer.  So that's why I became an attorney.  I understand what you are going through—and I'm here to help you.  Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life. Before attending law school, I worked for a law firm focused on record clearing services, including expungements, pardons, and motions for appropriate relief.  The vast experience and understanding of North Carolina's expungement laws that I have acquired has given me an advantage in defending criminal charges, because not only do I fight for the best possible outcome in your case, but I am also continually conscious of the long term effects that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a person's life.  As such, I will do whatever I can to insure that my clients will not end up with a criminal record.  I was born in New London, Connecticut, but spent the first few years of my life in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2001.  Upon graduating from high school, I attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where I majored in Accounting.  Eager to finish school, I began law school at Charlotte School of Law the day of my graduation from GWU, and completed my law degree in two years (instead of the typical three). During law school, I studied hard and strived to acquire the most experience possible so that I would be practice ready upon graduation.  The opportunities I gained included prosecuting criminal defendants through an externship with the Burke County District Attorney's Office, defending criminal defendants through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, and interning with Farmer & Morris, PLLC. I am blessed with a beautiful wife, Gabrielle Valentine, who is an attorney at Farmer & Morris, PLLC, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.  In my free time, I enjoy helping with the youth group in my church, playing basketball and softball in our local church leagues, serving in the prison ministry, and spending time with my family.  Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar


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