Cashier Charged with Stealing $640 from Register at Store in Fitchburg
Many of you have been concerned with the story of the K’Mart cashier in Fitchburg who is charged with Larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing $640 from her own cash register. The female employee is also alleged to have signed a confession admitting responsibility for the crime, according to criminal law attorney Shane W. Surrette of Worcester, MA.
Larceny over $250 is a felony punishable by state prison, whereas larceny under $250 is a misdemeanor, which doesn’t carry a state prison sentence. This is the difference between felonies and misdemeanors under Massachusetts state law, the former calling for state prison sentences, where the latter does not. What makes the larceny charge against the female cashier a felony is the value of the property stolen.
Any allegation of the value of the property stolen being over $250 is a felony under Massachusetts law, and an allegation that the value of the property being $250 or less is a misdemeanor.
In most larceny cases that remain in the district court, the differences in criminal punishment between larceny over $250 and larceny under $250 is not going to be extraordinary. The main issue, however, will be that a conviction for a felony carries with it significant long-standing collateral consequences, whereas a misdemeanor has much less impact. What is important to remember when charged with a larceny offense is to contact a Worcester County Criminal Defense Lawyer with experience handling larceny cases.