Theft is a serious criminal offense anywhere in the world. Although a common driver for theft is extreme poverty, compounded by a great personal need, cases exist when people who are otherwise able to provide for themselves commit the crime anyway despite their favorable position. Such cases give rise to so-called white-collar crimes, included among which is the crime of embezzlement.
Embezzlement is a type of property theft. While simple theft on its own may already be seen as a serious crime, embezzlement is even more so because it involves a breach of trust.