Theft From Universities, Foundations, and Federally Funded Programs

Theft From Universities, Foundations, and Federally Funded Programs

In an effort to protect the integrity of the vast sums of money distributed through Federal programs, Congress enacted a statute specifically addressing Theft or bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds. 18 U.S.C. § 666.

According to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual (USAM), this statute “is designed to facilitate the prosecution of persons who steal money or otherwise divert property or services from state and local governments or private organizations that receive large amounts of Federal funds.” USAM 9-46.100. U.S. Code § 666 is geared at ensuring the integrity of Federal program funds administered through state governments and private organizations, including universities, foundations, and business corporations that are recipients of Federal funds.

Theft From Universities, Foundations, and Federally Funded Programs is a Federal Crime

A person described by § 666 who if found to have carried out the actions described in the Code “shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.” 18 U.S.C. § 666(a).

Whoever, “being an agent of an organization, or of a State, local, or Indian tribal government, or any agency thereof—

  • Embezzles, steals, obtains by fraud, or otherwise without authority knowingly converts to the use of any person other than the rightful owner or intentionally misapplies, property that—
    • Is valued at $5,000 or more, and
    • Is owned by, or is under the care, custody, or control of such organization, government, or agency; or
  • Corruptly solicits or demands anything of value that is intended to be a bribe –to influence or reward any person in connection with any business, government, or agency involving anything of value of $5,000 or more, or
  • Corruptly gives, offers, or agrees to give anything of value that is intended to be a bribe –to influence or reward an agent of an organization or of a State, local or Indian tribal government, or any agency thereof, in connection with any business, transaction, or series of transactions of such organization, government, or agency involving anything of value of $5,000 or more.
  • Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

18 U.S.C. § 666. This section applies to theft and bribery crimes, ad does not affect wages, fees, and other legitimate compensation paid in the usual course of business. 18 U.S.C. § 666(c).

Criminal Charges for Theft or Bribery   

Conviction for violations of § 666 can carry hefty criminal fines and a term of imprisonment of up to ten years. If you are facing allegations of theft, bribery, or fraud under any federal statute, you need a white collar criminal defense attorney to represent you.

Ashley D. Adams is a former fraud prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office. She understands how prosecutors operate, and the best tactics to get criminal charges dropped or reduced, and when appropriate, how to negotiate favorable plea deals. Attorney Adams is a seasoned trial attorney and knows how to put forth a strong defense against aggressive prosecution.

Given her prior work, she also has a longstanding and positive relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Justice. Put Ashley D. Adam’s experience to work for you.

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