There are further developments in a case we told you about a few months back. A former receptionist in the Victim’s Rights department of the District Attorney’s office is now facing far more serious charges than initially suspected.
Eloise Mirales and her husband Daniel Mirales were reportedly arrested just this week on embezzlement charges. The duo allegedly stole from the Victim’s Rights Division where Mrs. Mirales worked for 16 years. This Division assists victims of crime and also accepts and distributes restitution from defendants in criminal cases.
Their vehicles were impounded and a lien was placed on their Brady Street Houston home as the case works its way through the legal system. Both parties are looking at an extended stay with the Texas Department of Corrections if things don’t go their way.
In theft and embezzlement cases, the charge you face and the potential penalty depend on the value of the goods that were alleged to have been stolen. In Mrs. Mirales’ case, she will face a 1st degree felony and a potential 5 to 99 years in prison.
Mr. Mirales, accused of stealing $100,000 will face a slightly less serious 2nd degree felony charge and 2 to 20 years in prison. Both will likely pay fines as well as restitution of their own. In addition, because their property was likely purchased with the stolen money, they will lose it if convicted.
Facing charges like these can be quite frightening. When the Mirales’ were taking the money they probably didn’t think they would eventually get caught. White collar crimes, like embezzlement are often seen as “easy money” and often committed by professional individuals.