Q: Can anyone tell me what embezzlement, property borrowed or hired means?
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.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.