Although theft is a crime under Pennsylvania law at the state level, some specific kinds of theft fall under federal jurisdiction. Theft of property that belongs to the federal government or theft that takes place across state lines is handled in federal court.
If you have been charged with federal theft or you believe that you are being investigated for it, do not delay in contacting an experienced federal attorney today. We are available 24/7 to discuss the details of your case and present you with your legal options in a free, confidential case evaluation when you call (412) 281-2146.
Scope of Federal Theft
You can be indicted on federal theft charges for embezzling, stealing or converting for your own use property owned by the U.S. government or federal agencies.
Federal theft covers items such as furniture, computers, tools, or cars. However, you can also be indicted for theft of federal data and documents, or for theft or misuse of government money, including loans or grants.
Theft crimes that cross state lines can also be prosecuted in federal court. For example, identity theft and fraud cases may have theft charges added on.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you can be punished with up to 10 years in federal prison for theft of property valued at more than $1,000 under U.S. Code Title 18, Section 641. If the property you stole is valued at less then $1,000, you can face up to a year in federal prison.