"Spousal Embezzlement" -- Am I Guilty?
Question Details: I co-own a corporation with my spouse through COMMUNITY PROPERTY law in California (On the book, my spouse is 100% owner.) I played an integral role in developing and growing/rescuing the business. My spouse is CEO and I was CFO. My spouse fired me and left me with no income. I decided to ask an employee to divert checks to me, and I cashed them in my personal bank account because I needed money and my spouse was becoming violent at home, uncooperative, did not give me money etc. The amount was +2 Million USD, but the company is still functioning well. Now I am threatened with embezzelement.
I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law. This is very serious. A corporation is a separate legal entity. just because you worked there and your husband owns it does not mean that you simply taking money from him. Rather, you are taking money from a corporation that has rights separate and apart from your husband. I suggest thart you hire a lawyer immediately.