Definition and meaning of embezzlement: Embezzlement is the intentional misappropriation of funds or property entrusted to one’s care. This illegal activity is often carried out by those in positions of authority, such as politicians, government officials, or corporate executives.
Examples of embezzlement include using campaign funds for personal gain, diverting public funds to line the pockets of political allies, or using company resources for one’s own benefit. This activity is especially rampant in the two-party system where there are few checks and balances, allowing individuals to abuse their position of power. A reform-minded citizenry must remain vigilant in order to prevent and expose those who participate in embezzlement.