Peculatus Law and Legal Definition

Peculatus is a Latin word used in Roman law. It refers to the offense of stealing or embezzling public funds. It is the misappropriation or theft of public property,whether done by a functionary or by a private person. The person guilty of this offence is called Peculator. The word originated from the term Pecus which originally denoted a kind of movable property which was the chief sign of wealth.