Theft & Larceny
You’ve been branded a thief and a criminal by the United States government. Prosecutors claim they have an airtight case against you—a trail of money and paperwork that links you to the crime. They’re considering criminal charges at a general court martial. They say they have enough to put you behind bars.
At the very least, your advancement in the military is over.
- You will be stripped of your rank
- You will lose your GI benefits
- You will go to jail
- The weight of a dishonorable discharge will burden you for the rest of your life
You now have a decision to make. You can lie down and allow the government to set the terms of the deal—a deal that could very will involve criminal charges and a loss of your freedom. OR you could fight back, with the help of Bilecki & Tipon.
Bilecki & Tipon has been fighting for service members accused of larceny and theft by the US military for decades. You deserve an aggressive defense. When given the chance, you always fight back. Contact us to fight back today!
Charges of Larceny and Wrongful Appropriation under Article 121
Article 121 of the UCMJ governs the definitions and details of larceny and theft charges in the U.S. military. Your circumstances will further define the nature of the theft and the strategy the prosecution will take against you.
Bilecki & Tipon has fought—and won—dozens of larceny and theft cases involving everything from theft of military property to embezzlement charges and more.
- We’ve also defended service members accused of:
- Check fraud
- BX, PX or NEX theft
- Travel voucher & entitlement fraud
- Military property theft
- Wire fraud
Do not expect the government to go easy on you. They will be cracking the whip right from the start. Theft and larceny charges have spiked in recent years and the government has attempted to curb military theft with increased convictions and harsher sentencing.
This is not the time to be in the crosshairs of military prosecutors.
Your best hope is to fight back and win your case. To do that, you’ll need a team of defense attorneys that knows how to assault the prosecution’s evidence and strategy.
Defending Service Members against Theft & Larceny Charges in the Military
The prosecution believes they have a fool proof case against you. They’ve likely been working on it for a long time. They’ve had time to fine tune their strategy. Their conviction rate is high. So is their confidence.
But they’re also predictable, which gives the defense attorneys at Bilecki and Tipon the opening they need to throw doubt on the government’s evidence and discredit their witnesses.
We’ll likely take a number of different approaches depending on the evidence against you and the circumstances of your case:
- Intent matters in a theft or larceny case. Did you mean to actually steal the money? Did you believe you were entitled to it? Could it be an accidental overpayment? Was there confusion about how reimbursements and entitlements worked?
- How the government collected the evidence matters as well. Were you caught up in a sting operation? Was the sting operation legal? Was there a proper search authorization applied for all searches and seizures?
- Regarding the witnesses, we have the possibility to look into their pasts with our own private investigations. Furthermore, we can hire forensic experts to review the money trail and pinpoint areas that throw doubt on the evidence against you.
Your future and reputation are being held hostage. A not-guilty verdict will restore them. Fight back with the military defense attorneys at Bilecki & Tipon and win your case in court!
We Have a Proud History of Fighting Larceny and Theft Charges in the Military
We’ve gone up against overwhelming odds and still come out on top. Check out some of our most stunning upsets involving larceny and theft charges here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What other Articles of the UCMJ Cover Theft and Larceny Charges?
Your case will almost certainly involve charges under Article 121 of the UCMJ governing larceny and wrongful appropriation. However, charges of robbery are covered under Article 122, and forgery under Article 123.
I Assume the Government Has Serious Evidence Against Me. Is My Case Even Worth Fighting?
Absolutely, yes. And we’d just like to add one thing: never gamble your future away on an assumption.
Making assumptions about the government’s case almost always leads to a tragic outcome in court:
- Assuming that the government has overwhelming evidence against you will almost certainly provoke a confession in hopes of securing a plea bargain. But that plea bargain is often a terrible deal. And the best option almost always involves fighting—and winning—your case outright.
- The opposite—assuming the government has nothing on you—is equally damaging. Your overconfidence will likely lead to decisions like hiring a less capable defense attorney. Even worse, you may not hire a civilian attorney at all in hopes that the charges will just disappear.
Again, before you ever make an assumption about your case, contact the defense attorneys at Bilecki & Tipon. Always get the truth before making such a life-altering decision involving a larceny or theft charge.
How Does the Military Define Larceny?
Article 121 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) defines larceny as any wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of property, either from the military or another person. Any form of theft, embezzlement, wrongful appropriation or obtaining by false pretense could be defined as larceny under Article 121.