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    What Business Owners Need to Know About Theft by Employees and Employee Embezzlement

What Business Owners Need to Know About Theft by Employees and Employee Embezzlement

Theft by employees is rampant – just ask any business owner or CEO. And when you start talking about employee embezzlement, the impact can be catastrophic to some businesses, especially small businesses, for several reasons:

Loss of assets – an employee stealing from a company can take anything from supplies and materials to money away from the company’s resources.
Loss of credibility – if a large theft or employee embezzlement is uncovered and reported to the public, the perception of the company may be damaged. The “if they can’t manage their own house, how can I think they can manage mine” theory can result in loss of clients and potential clients – for a long time.
Drain on future finances – Seeing a business embezzlement or theft [...]

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    An Investigation Provides Answers When You Think You Have an Employee Stealing Customers

An Investigation Provides Answers When You Think You Have an Employee Stealing Customers

In order to protect their client list and trade secrets, many businesses formalize confidentiality and non-compete agreements with employees. Client data protection is also an element of the privacy organization strive to maintain.

But sometimes employees or contractors see those agreements only as valuable as the sheet of paper they are written on and ignore the legally binding agreement. And it’s not only the people you hire, but family who work in the business, too.

International Investigators has had numerous investigations that revealed family members were involved in clandestine operations – sometimes.

For instance, a small family business owner contacted International Investigators about suspicions he had at work. He thought he had an employee stealing customers – and that employee was his nephew. Not only was he [...]

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    Confirm Employee Embezzlement with a Certified Financial Examiner

Confirm Employee Embezzlement with a Certified Financial Examiner

When an employer is faced with employee embezzlement, you might think that they just fire the person, or call the police and the insurance company. At the minimum, they call the insurance company if they have an employee fidelity policy.

What you might not realize is that the insurance company might require proof that funds were actually stolen by the employee. Most employers call their attorneys and smart attorneys call in a firm like All In Investigations, Inc. (formerly International Investigators) Theft in the workplace can be complicated and involve more than a single employee. Theft by employees could also implicate suppliers and clients.

A recent case followed a common scenario. The situation where an employee forged checks, cashed the checks and doctored the books and [...]

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    Computer Investigation Shows Employee Embezzlement is Digital Now, Too

Computer Investigation Shows Employee Embezzlement is Digital Now, Too

Theft by employees is a problem for more than retail or restaurant businesses. It is a problem in the office, too. I am talking about more than office supplies and materials here. I am talking about the theft of ideas, processes, client lists and confidential corporate operations. This could include employee embezzlement through accounting or bookkeeping channels from corporate accounts, too.

All of these things constitute theft in the workplace; some just look a little different than others. Instead of carrying something physically off, it’s moved digitally. And that is how exactly how it is found – digitally.

Computers are the basis of most of the work done in many workplaces so when suspicions arise, a computer forensic investigation is one of the first steps to [...]

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    Suspect Embezzlement? Hire a Personal Asset Search Investigator

Suspect Embezzlement? Hire a Personal Asset Search Investigator

We have talked a lot here in the International Investigators’ blog about being asked to find hidden assets in divorce situations, but we don’t want you to think that is the only time money is hidden away from the sight of others.

Today I want to talk about another instance when we are called in to complete an asset investigation. An attorney representing a business calls when there is suspicion that an employee is embezzling money from their employer.

When suspicion is aroused in the company, one of the first calls the company management makes is to their attorney asking for advice on how to handle the situation. When we begin such an investigation we might not be finding unknown accounts or even hidden bank accounts [...]