As a business owner, executive, or manager, you place trust in your employees. That trust is serious, and the fate of the company- and all of your other employees- can hang in the balance. This is why hiring is so important, and why our background check services are vital to creating a culture of integrity in your business. But no matter how carefully you select your team, there’s always a possibility that someone already inside your company could be violating your trust.
In fact, in decades of private investigations and corporate security work, we have seen time and time again that it is often the most trusted employees who commit the worst betrayals. After all, they have the leeway to get away with it. One must have trust in order to abuse it. Read on to learn some of the ways trusted figures cover up employee theft, fraud, and embezzlement, and give us a call today at 714-406-4618 to discuss your Orange County corporate security needs.
- Offering to expand their duties- If someone in a financial position in your company is trying to get their hands on more of the financial pie, be suspicious. Allowing one person to take over all steps of the financial process- invoicing, deposits, cash collection, etc.- does not provide enough oversight. The employee can then create record of fraudulent transactions, steal the money, and get rid of the evidence. Without anyone else involved, the perpetrator is free to get rid of the evidence before you even know what happened.
- Working late regularly- You know that one employee who is always the first to arrive or the last to leave? What an admirable work ethic, you might think. Unfortunately, this behavior is often masking nefarious intent. Employee theft often happens when no one is around to question or witness it, so it’s best to have all employees arrive and leave around the same time, denying them the privacy needed to set up a theft or fraud.
- Getting cozy with your vendors- Fostering relationships with your vendors can be a positive, but unfortunately some employees use the opportunity to collude with vendors in order to rip you off. For example, your employee and vendor may inflate prices and then split the extra money, or arrange a “kickback” system with which to rob you.
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