Financial crimes can oftentimes be related to property that has been stolen or misused. In this section of our website, we discuss some of the common forms of financial crimes related to property theft. If you face one of these crimes, you should learn more about it to understand what you are up against. Explore the pages in this section further for more information.
Types of Property
One common type of property involved in financial crimes is property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake. Acquiring one of these types of property is considered a form of larceny, and it is a crime in Connecticut. An example of this crime might be if a package gets delivered to you by mistake, but it is intended for your neighbor. If you keep the package and do not return it to the rightful owner, this could be considered acquiring property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake. There are defenses to this crime, namely, if you can prove that you did not know the property was lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake. Learn more about this crime on our acquiring property lost, mislaid, or delivered by mistake page.
Another common property crime is obtaining property by false pretenses. This is a form of larceny and it is defined by theft of private property. There are many common forms of this crime, such as getting health insurance by lying about your medical history or conditions. Learn more about this crime on our obtaining property by false pretenses page.
Conversion of leased property is another crime you might face. This crime is characterized by failure to return a piece of property that you do not own at the appointed time. Another crime that is similar to this is conversion of a motor vehicle. This is a form of conversion of leased property that occurs with a motor vehicle. If you are renting a vehicle or you’ve leased a vehicle and you do not return it to the designated place at the designated time, you could be charged with conversion of a motor vehicle.
Finally, you might wonder if receiving stolen property in Connecticut is a crime. This is considered a crime if the person who has the property knows that it was stolen and still tries to keep it.
Keep in mind that there are defenses to each of the crimes outlined here. In many cases, if you can prove that you did not know that property was stolen, you can create a solid defense for the situation that you face. If you do face one of these crimes, the first step is learning more about it. You can do this by following the links outlined here. Next, it is a good idea to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Such an attorney can help you understand your situation and establish the best defense possible given the specifics of your charge. If you would like to discuss your situation with an attorney, feel free to contact our office. We are happy to help.