Quitman, MS asked in Criminal Law for Mississippi

Q: Can anyone tell me what embezzlement, property borrowed or hired means?

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Bradley M. Glaze
Bradley M. Glaze
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Madison, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: You are referring to Mississippi Criminal Statute Section 97-23-27, which states, "The fraudulent appropriation of certain specific property by one to whom it has been delivered on a contract or loan for use, or of letting and hiring, after the time at which, according to the contract, the right of use acquired thereby has ceased, or before that time by a disposition not authorized by the contract, shall be an offense within the meaning of Section 97-23-25 and shall be punished as therein prescribed." Section 97-23-25 is another Mississippi statute, which provides for punishment as follows, "he shall be punished by imprisonment in the penitentiary not more than ten years, or be fined not more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year, or either." Therefore, violation of Section 97-23-25 would be a felony under Mississippi law. There are probably a variety of cases that a prosecutor could use this statute to charge. The one that comes to mind would be if someone rents a car or a moving truck and does not return it, this statute may be used to charge the person renting the vehicle.

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