Article 121: Larceny or Wrongful Appropriation

Article 121 of the UCMJ Defined

According to Article 121 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), a military member can be charged with larceny and wrongful appropriation if he or she takes possession of another’s property without consent in order to temporarily or permanently deprive or defraud the person of that property.

Larceny vs. Wrongful Appropriation

Wrongful appropriation and larceny are similar in their elements except for intent. Both charges include the following elements:

  • The accused wrongfully took, obtained, or withheld property from the possession of the owner or any other person
  • The property in question belonged to a certain person
  • The property had a certain value

The difference is that in a wrongful appropriation charge, the accused intended to temporarily deprive or defraud another person of the use and benefit of the property, whereas in a larceny charge, the accused intended to permanently deprive or defraud.

Possible Consequences of Conviction

If convicted of either larceny or wrongful appropriation, the accused could face demotion to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, dishonorable discharge, and possible confinement.

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