The crime of embezzlement occurs when you are entrusted with property (usually money) that you dishonestly appropriate for your own use. Unlike theft, embezzlement involves property to which you may routinely have legal access. The crime of embezzlement is not committed unless you appropriate that property for your own benefit. Generally, embezzlement involves the theft of money or property from your employer. Embezzlement is considered a misdemeanor under Maryland law and is punishable by a prison sentence of not less than 1 year but not more than 5 years. Even if you intended to later return the property, you may still face serious consequences.