The legal definition of embezzlement in California, under Penal Code 503, is the fraudulent appropriation of property by a person to whom it has been entrusted. There are certain elements of embezzlement that must be true in order for a person to be guilty. All of the following must be true:
- The owner of the property entrusted you with the property (this can be done directly or through an agent).
- The owner did this because they trusted you with their property.
- You used that property or fraudulently converted it for your own gain.
- You intended to rob the owner of the property or its use.