Anti-corruption glossary

Embezzlement

When a person holding office in an institution, organisation or company dishonestly and illegally appropriates, uses or traffics the funds and goods they have been entrusted with for personal enrichment or other activities.

Why it matters

Legal redress for corruption in education and other sectors is not limited to criminal prosecution. Civil society should support local civil actions to recover costs, as well as public-interest litigation to recover public resources lost to embezzlement and fraud.

Additional Information: Embezzlement

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