Danville, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: How far back can employer investigate employee theft

Over the past 12 years I have been taking money from a seasonal employer. The total is about 33000 dollars. It was not malicious and I did intend to pay it back somehow and some way. The business is a cash business and is seasonal. How far back can they legally go and still charge me if they choose to?

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Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Pennsylvania Statue, 42 Pa.C.S. § 5552 states, in relevant part:

(b) Major offenses.--A prosecution for any of the following offenses must be commenced within five years after it is committed:

(1) Under the following provisions of Title 18 (relating to crimes and offenses):


Section 3921 (relating to theft by unlawful taking or disposition) through section 3933 (relating to unlawful use of computer).

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