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Employee Fraud: Loyalty or Cover Up?

by Amy Pennock CFE

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Every company seems to have one of these employees. They show up early every day, appear to be working hard, don’t take breaks or lunch and leave after everyone is already gone. Work isn’t getting done, no problem, they will work on the weekends. They don’t call in sick and don’t take vacations. They take care of everything, and don’t hesitate to take on other tasks or functions. This might be any business owners dream employee, but beware. … Continue Reading

Insurance Fraud: How to Catch Lawyers Embezzling Your Insurance Benefits

by Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

Handwritten Insurance Claim Form with pen and calculator

Fred Schraeder, 61, A longtime Tulsa criminal defense attorney pleaded guilty in Tulsa County, Oklahoma District Court for his role in helping embezzle more than $1 million from clients. Schraeder entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit workers’compensation fraud. He received a 5-year deferred sentence and will pay more than $36,000 in restitution, $500 in fines and a $100 victim’s compensation assessment. The Oklahoma Bar Association’s Clients’ Security Fund is also assisting in reimbursing victims. Schraeder must surrender his law license and isn’t eligible to re-apply while on probation. … Continue Reading

Small Business Fraud: Does Aunt Mavis Have Her Hand in the Till?

by J_Pratt

Manon Phone Final Notice

In recognition of ACFE’s International Fraud Awareness Week (November 6-12, 2011), we offer the blog article below focusing on small business internal (occupational) fraud, which according to the ACFE’s 2010 examiners report ranks highest in frequency of all businesses at 31%.

Mavis Farquar is a bookkeeper for a small business. She’s been an employee for 25 years. She has attended every baby shower, wedding, graduation and bar (and bas) mitzvah and a few funerals of the owners’ and other employees’ families. … Continue Reading

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