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Michigan Mother Facing Charges for Embezzling from Her Son’s Estate

Jul 24, 2018, by Maurice Davis in Legal Blog, Theft
Embezzlement in Michigan

A woman in Eaton County faces a felony charge after she embezzled several hundred thousand dollars from her son’s estate. Kasie Pruden-Rivera may spend up to 20 years in prison for stealing from her 9-year-old son, Haiden. According to reports, Pruden-Rivera’s son has cerebral palsy. In a settlement for the birth trauma that caused the cerebral palsy, Haiden’s estate was awarded nearly $650,000. Pruden-Rivera spent some of that settlement on a house that is owned by her son’s estate. The rest of the money is unaccounted for. There was no word from Pruden-Rivera’s embezzlement lawyer, who could not be reached for comment.

Embezzlement is a form a theft, a crime that comes in a variety of forms. If you’ve been accused of theft in Michigan, there are a few defenses that may be available to you. A Detroit theft attorney will be able to see how the law applies to your specific situation.

Our team at Davis Law Group has experience with theft law and can answer any questions you may have. Theft crimes can carry lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines, so you don’t want to delay. Set up a free consultation with an embezzlement layer by calling us at (313) 818-3238 today.

What is Embezzlement Under Michigan Law?

The Michigan Penal Code defines embezzlement as taking or disposing of property or money that’s not yours, while you’re in a position of authority or control over that money or property. Embezzlement can be a misdemeanor or a felony in Michigan; it depends on the value or amount of what you stole.

Amount Embezzled Could Lead to 20 Years in Prison

In total, Pruden-Rivera is accused of stealing approximately $400,000 from her son. While the house she purchased in his estate’s name cost around $240,000, no one can tell where the rest of the settlement is. Deputy Sheriff Adam Simon says that nobody in the police department can get Pruden-Rivera to speak to them regarding the money. She faces one count of embezzling $100,000. This is a felony under the MPC and carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. Also, Pruden-Rivera could be fined as much as three times the worth of what she embezzled.

Embezzled Money Part of Medical Fund For Son’s Birth Defects

Pruden-Rivera and her husband, Higinio Rivera, sued the hospital where their son was born after he suffered seizures following his birth. The hospital, on an Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, eventually settled with the Riveras. The money they won under the settlement was supposed to be deposited into a special account and used only for their son’s medical care.

Pruden-Rivera was named the executor of this account. She was given instructions by the court to only spend the money in ways that benefitted her son. Instead, she did not even deposit the money into a restricted account, spending it as if it belonged to her. According to the court’s records from the case, Pruden-Rivera spent the money on vehicles, loaned it out to others, and engaged in “wild personal spending.”

Estranged Husband Also Sued in Embezzlement Case

Pruden Rivera and her husband are currently separated. Courts records indicate that Higinio Rivera is filing for divorce. This did not prevent him from being sued along with Pruden-Rivera. While he has not been charged with a crime, Rivera was aware of his wife’s embezzlement. He also accepted approximately $93,000 in checks from her.

Charged With Theft? An Experienced Lawyer at Davis Law Group Can Help

There are many different levels of theft. The potential punishment you face for a theft charge depends mainly on which classification of theft you’re charged with. That classification will be decided based on the unique circumstances of your situation.

If you’re facing theft charges in Michigan, contact Davis Law Group to speak with a skilled theft lawyer. Theft cases can turn at any instant, and you’ll want a knowledgeable embezzlement attorney to make sure it turns in your favor. Contact us today at (313) 818-3238 for a free consultation.