Legal Memorandum: Crime of Embezzlement in VI

Issue: Under the laws of the U.S. Virgin Islands, what is required to establish the crime of embezzlement?

Area of Law: Criminal Law
Keywords: Embezzlement; Requirements to establish
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: V. I. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1087
Date: 06/01/2007


In order to prove the crime of embezzlement under Virgin Islands law, proof of fraudulent taking of property from its owner so entrusted by virtue of a position of trust, is required. See V. I. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1087 (defining embezzlement as “the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted”).  Thus, to establish the offense of embezzlement, entrustment must be shown where the property was delivered by the owner “to another with a certain confidence regarding his care, use or disposal of it.” Black’s Law Dictionary 533 (6th ed. 1990).


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