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Misappropriation, to misappropriate money or goods, is theft by fraudulent converting to your own use, or benefit. Private investigators, and fraud specialists, investigate allegations of misappropriation. Misappropriated is another way of saying someone converted to their own use, used their position for their own benefit, stole money, access to something such as power, the internet or telephone account, abused fiduciary obligations, or 'borrowed' equipment to which they weren't entitled. We provide free quotes, telephone us on 1300 966 103, email, or for 24/7 inquiries please use our online form Investigator Inquiry. Ex-police and experienced investigators.

Misappropriation is the intentional, illegal use of the property or funds of another person/legal entity for one's own use or other unauthorized purpose, particularly by a public official, a trustee of a trust, an executor or administrator of a dead person's estate, or by any person with a responsibility to care for and protect another's assets (a fiduciary duty). The difference between misappropriation and fraud is that fraud must include a transfer of ownership. Embezzlement is another form of misappropriation which is now included in the fraud definition. For the property, or right, to be misappropriated there must be a conversion to the use of the offender, or another, who doesn't have a right. The person obtaining the benefit may be an innocent party (e.g. a person 'giving' someone 'their' work vehicle to use, when they don't have the authority to do so).
Unlawful use of vehicles or property, by an employee, is a form of misappropriation even thought there is no intention to deprive the owner permanently. It can be a conversion, for a persons private purposes or benefit, of something to which they are not entitled. The line between misappropriation, theft, and fraud can become blurred, when does a conversion become a claim of ownership or right?
Fiduciary obligations, including to those relating to being in charge of a trust fund, of administering the property of another, for the benefit of another, is another area where funds and benefits can be misappropriated. it can be the manager who arranges for funds to go to their dummy business. It can be a form of elder abuse whereby the person nominated at trustee ships the person off to a nursing home, then sells out all the assets. It can be where a solicitor fails the ethics test, their fiduciary obligations, and steals from the trust fund (often submitting dummy invoices). The funny thing is, the Law Society will make every effort to hide this theft, arranging repayment of funds over many years, but failing to ever inform the Police that one of their own, a solicitor or barrister, is a criminal who stole from clients. Most employees have some form of fiduciary obligation, but the biggest risk is the person placed with the most responsibility, and access to the funds of another; many people can justify to themselves converting funds under management.It may be treated as either a criminal or civil matter depending on the circumstances. There may also be action under other laws relating to directors of companies, or holders of trust funds who have special obligations under various Acts. You must establish a conversion, an act, that demonstrates the intentional action, without a 'right' to act in that way, or that a benefit was received to which the person was not entitled.
We have the skilled staff to investigate misappropriation. When you need to hire a private investigator, to investigate, contact us for a free quote.

Misappropriation is usually a form of fraud, by a person in a position of trust. The misappropriated item or benefit may not be able to be recovered in its original form, so usually some payment, or penalty, is sought. When you suspect funds have been misappropriated, that someone has breached their fiduciary obligations, and that it requires investigation, we are experienced, and licensed private investigators, private detectives. We investigate for you.